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Houston Astros’ New Manager: Let’s Talk About Winning

A.J. Hinch takes over for fired Bo Porter, interim Tom Lawless.

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New Astros manager
New Astros manager A.J. Hinch puts on his Houston jersey.

 

New Astros manager
Astros GM Jeff Luhnow (right) introduces A.J. Hinch as the team’s new manager.

About a month after they fired manager Bo Porter, the Astros have hired A.J. Hinch for the position.

Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow introduced Hinch to reporters at Minute Maid Park.

“I’ve known A.J. for a long time,” Luhnow said. “He’s got a lot of passion for this game. He’s got a passion for winning. He very well understands what it is that we’re doing here. I couldn’t be happier with our choice and I think A.J. is going to be the manager that’s going to be here when we win the World Series.”

Hinch previously managed the Arizona Diamondbacks and most recently was the vice president of professional scouting and an interim general manager for the San Diego Padres.

He said his goal is to win championships.

“And that’s easy to say, it’s a lot of work,” he said. “It’s going to take a lot of energy, a lot of commitment. It’s going to take great players. It’s going to take great coaches, some of which are already here. And we need to build on the success that this organization has seen, with the arrow turning towards success and talking about winning a little bit.”

Hinch replaces the Astros’ interim manager Tom Lawless.

He takes over a team that is turning its momentum in a positive direction. The Astros just finished with a 70-and-92 record—the first time the team lost fewer than 100 games in the past four years. And Astro Jose Altuve won the franchise’s first ever batting title.

Luhnow said Hinch was chosen because of his experience as a player, manager and in the front office.