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AJ Hinch, a few days away from him due to a one-year MLB suspension, because he was in Houston The Astros cheating scandal is returning to the baseball stadium, Detroit tiger.

Hinch, 46, accepted an interview with General Manager Al Avila on Thursday and spent a whole day in Detroit with him and other front office members. He was hired on Friday.

Xinqi said in a statement: “I want to thank Chris Ilitch and Al Avila for giving me a chance and a chance to return to the top of the list and lead this long history of football. Club.” “Last year was the hardest year of my life. It gave me time to think, which is an important part of this process. Everything that happened in the past year, whether personally or professionally, right This is the case for me, and once again emphasized the importance of doing things with integrity and honesty.”

[ Explaining A.J. Hinch’s role in Astros cheating scandal in 2017 ]

The financial terms of the Hinch agreement have not been provided immediately.His introductory press conference is scheduled for 2 pm

Hinch succeeded Ron Gardenhire, who retired on September 19 until his contract was set to expire at the end of the season. Hinch played for the Tigers in 2003 under the then manager and Hall of Famer Alan Trammell, and he is now a special assistant to the general manager of the organization.

Xinqi will be responsible for leading the Tigers for a three-year reconstruction, returning to the playoffs and the World Series. The organization believes that the “tiger” has a bright future, with Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal, Matt Manning, Spencer Tok Potential customers such as Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene are on the rise. However, the Tigers are not expected to compete next season.

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Detroit has not made the playoffs since 2014, and in four of the past six years, he has been ranked last in the American League Central League. The Tigers lost 114 games in 2019 and beat their opponents 23-35 in a shortened 60-game season in 2020.

Xin Qi said: “I am proud to be able to develop this tradition in the Tigers. I have a talented young core player, a dedicated leadership team and an enthusiastic fan base. This is exactly what I pursue in the team. Obviously, we have this in Detroit. Now is the time to start winning baseball games, and I believe this organization is capable of doing this.”

How long it takes for the Tigers to return to contention will depend on Xinqi’s leadership and player development capabilities. After hearing players tap the videotape on the trash can to signal the batter, the plan to tap the logo disrupted the Astros championship season. .

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In the end, Major League Baseball (MLB) investigators believed that he had not done enough to stop it.ex Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (Alex Cora) was Astros’ backup coach at the time and was also suspended for the 2020 season. Avila’s initial list of candidates included Cora to help the Red Sox win the championship in 2019, although it is not clear whether he has been interviewed.

“After entering the management search, we already know that AJ’s diverse baseball acumen, analytical knowledge and passion for the game are second to none,” Avila said. “However, we also know that there are some important conversations about AJ’s time in Houston. Throughout the conversation, he was obviously regretful and used this time to think about the situation. We believe he will become better because of this. Leader. This cue club has entered a very exciting period. Young players are ready and ready to make an impact in Major League Baseball. I am confident that AJ is the best candidate for this job because we strive to bring the world The championship winner is brought back to Detroit.”

Tigers chose Hinch because of his knowledge in the player development department, analysis department and front office department. In the mid-2000s, he served as the minor league operations manager and director of player development for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and then served as the vice president of professional scouts for the San Diego Padres in 2010-14.

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Hinch assumed the management position of the Diamondbacks at the age of 34 in May 2009. He ended the season with a 58-75 record in 133 games, but was fired in July 2010 after his second game started 31-48. Kirk Gibson succeeded him as interim manager.

Hinch’s record as a manager in seven seasons is 570-452, of which 481 victories were won in the 2015-19 “Spaceman”. Since 2005, he made his first playoff appearance in Houston, but lost in ALDS. Although his team missed the playoffs in 2016 despite their record of victory, Hinch reached the peak of his career in 2017 with his controversial World Series title.

Under Hinch’s leadership, the Astros lost in the 2018 ALCS and the 2019 World Series. They won first place in the AL West competition for three consecutive seasons, after which Hinch was suspended and fired in January 2020 for his role in the 2017 plot. Among Astros managers, he ranks second only to Bill Virdon and has the highest winning rate in franchise history (.594).

Now, Xin Qi will put on the Tigers uniform for the first time since 2003. That season, he scored .203 with 3 homers and 11 RBIs in 27 games.

It is unclear whether Xinqi will remain any member of the Gardenhire coaching staff in 2020.

Tiger interviewed a large number of candidates as he waited for Henche’s suspension to end. The list includes: Tigers interim manager Lloyd McLendon, new York Yankees head coach Marcus Thames (Marcus Thames), Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin, Yankees backup coach Carlos Mendoza (Carlos Mendoza), Chicago Cubs third base coach Will Wynable, Pittsburgh Don Kelly, Pirates bench coach, angel Dodge third base coach George Lombard, Kansas City Royal substitute coach Pedro Grifol, Auckland Track and field quality control coach Mark Kotsay and Atlanta The brave coach Sal Fasano (Sal Fasano).

Among them, Hinch and McLendon are the only candidates with major league management experience.

Evan Petzold is a sports reporting intern for the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at epetzold@freepress.com, or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.

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