AP source: A.J. Hinch to manage Astros
HOUSTON (AP) — A person familiar with the hiring tells The Associated Press that A.J. Hinch is the new manager of the Houston Astros.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced the decision. A news conference was scheduled for later Monday.
The Houston Chronicle first reported the hiring.
Hinch takes over for Bo Porter, who was fired on Sept. 1 in his second year. Tom Lawless ran the team for the rest of the season on an interim basis. The Astros finished 70-92 and fourth in the AL West.
Hinch managed the Arizona Diamondbacks from May of 2009 until July 2010, when he was fired after 31-48 start. Most recently, he worked as the vice president of professional scouting for the San Diego Padres from 2010 until August.
The 40-year-old is a former catcher who spent seven seasons in the majors with the Athletics, Royals, Tigers and Phillies.