Astros to name Hinch as manager
The Astros have called a 5:30 p.m. CT news conference today to name A.J. Hinch as their next manager, according to a baseball source.
Hinch managed the Arizona D-backs from May 2009 until July 2010 and was the vice president of professional scouting for the Padres for four years after that, a run that ended in August. He played in the Major Leagues with the A’s, Royals, Tigers and Phillies.
Hinch, 40, graduated from Stanford, where he was a third-round pick after his junior year. He won a bronze medal with the United States at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. In his Major League career, he hit .219 with 32 homers and 112 RBIs in 350 games.