A. J. Hinch

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A.J. Hinch
AJ Hinch dugout spring 2015.jpg
Hinch at spring training in 2015
Houston Astros – No. 14
Catcher / Manager
Born: (1974-05-15) May 15, 1974 (age 45)
Waverly, Iowa
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 1, 1998, for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 24, 2004, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Batting average .219
Home runs 32
Runs batted in 112
Games managed 374
Win–loss record 175–199
Winning % .468
As player

As manager

A. J. Hinch
Medal record
Representing  United States
Men's Baseball
Summer Olympics
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Atlanta Team

Andrew Jay Hinch (born May 15, 1974) is the manager of the Houston Astros. Prior to joining the Astros, Hinch played as catcher for the Oakland Athletics (19982000), Kansas City Royals (20012002), Detroit Tigers (2003) and Philadelphia Phillies (2004), managed the Arizona Diamondbacks from May 2009 to July 2010, and was the vice president of professional scouting for the San Diego Padres from September 2010 to August 2014. He has a degree in psychology from Stanford University.

Early life

Hinch lived in Nashua, Iowa, until he was eight and moved to Oklahoma. He is a 1992 graduate of Midwest City (Oklahoma) High School where he was drafted in the second round. He elected to attend Stanford University where he was a third-round pick after his junior year in 1995. He decided to return to school and was again a third-round pick as a senior in 1996. While at Stanford he joined Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity. Hinch won a bronze medal for the United States at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and was named to the 1998 Topps All-Star Rookie Team.

Playing career

In an eight-season career, Hinch was a .219 hitter with 32 home runs and 112 RBI in 350 games.

Hinch was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the second round of the 1992 Major League Baseball Draft, but he did not sign, opting to attend Stanford University to play for the Stanford Cardinal baseball team. He was drafted again by the Minnesota Twins in the third round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft, but he opted to remain at Stanford for his senior season.

Hinch was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the third round of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft. He signed with the Athletics in June 1996. He debuted with the Athletics in 1998 and remained with the team through the 2000 season.

In the 2000–01 offseason, Hinch was traded to the Kansas City Royals with Ángel Berroa as part of a 3-team trade that sent Ben Grieve from the Athletics to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Cory Lidle from the Devil Rays to the Athletics, Roberto Hernández from the Devil Rays to the Royals, and Johnny Damon and Mark Ellis to the Athletics from the Royals.

Hinch was released by the Royals after the 2002 season. He signed as a minor league free agent with the Cleveland Indians, but was purchased by the Detroit Tigers from the Indians in March 2003. He signed with the Philadelphia Phillies for the 2004 season, splitting the year between the majors and Triple-A. He spent all of 2005 with the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate before retiring.

Post-playing career

Arizona Diamondbacks

After the 2005 season, Hinch was hired by the Arizona Diamondbacks as their manager of minor league operations.[1] Even while playing, he was planning his post-playing career. He went so far as to go to the 2003 General Manager's winter meetings to look for future job opportunities and contacts. In July 2006, Baseball America named him one of baseball's "10 to watch" in the next 10 years for his promise as a Farm Director and future General Manager. In August 2006, the Diamondbacks named Hinch director of player development.

Hinch was named manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 8, 2009, replacing Bob Melvin, even though he had never managed or coached a team at any level. Hinch, at age 34 years and 357 days, became the youngest person to be named manager of a Major League team since Eric Wedge (34 years, 275 days).[2]

Hinch was fired from the Diamondbacks on July 1, 2010,[3] following a 31–48 start to the 2010 season.[4] Overall, Hinch compiled an 89–123 record in 212 games.[4] His .420 winning percentage ranks as the second lowest in Diamondbacks history, just ahead of Al Pedrique.

San Diego Padres

Hinch was hired by the San Diego Padres as vice president of professional scouting on September 21, 2010.[5]

He resigned from his position on August 5, 2014.[6]

Houston Astros

Hinch was named manager of the Houston Astros on September 29, 2014, replacing Bo Porter, who was fired on September 1, 2014.[7]

Managerial record

As of October 13, 2015
Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
W L Win % W L Win %
Arizona Diamondbacks 2009 2010 89 123 .420 DNQ
Houston Astros 2015 Present 86 76 .531 3 3 .500
Total 175 199 .468 3 3 .500

See also


  1. KKFL. Hinch Hired, KKFL, 11/29/2005.
  2. "D-backs name Hinch as fifth manager in club history". MLB.com. 2009-05-08. Retrieved 2009-09-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Diamondbacks make it official: GM Josh Byrnes and manager A.J. Hinch out". USA Today. July 1, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "A.J. Hinch". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 20 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Padres hire A.J. Hinch in scouting department – SignOnSanDiego.com
  6. Padres assistant GM A.J. Hinch leaves team
  7. http://m.astros.mlb.com/news/article/96996878/astros-set-to-hand-managerial-reins-to-aj-hinch

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