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The owner of the Detroit Tigers Christopher Ilitch and general manager GM Al Avila introduced the new manager AJ Hinch on October 30, 2020.

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of Detroit Tiger Woods announced on Friday that AJ Hinch was appointed as the new manager of the team, thus ushering in a new era of reconstruction. General Manager Al Avila now describes to its employees that this is a “construction phase” and its top prospects are ready.

Hinch signed a contract with the Tigers around 1:15 pm and introduced it at 2 pm. In the COVID-19 era, he asked questions during a video conference call from American car parks.

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The 46-year-old has a career management record of 570-452 in part of seven seasons. Houston Spaceman and Arizona Rattlesnake from 2009-19.

These are three things we learned from Hinch’s introductory press conference.

True professionals

Xinqi came to the Tigers with heavy luggage. He was suspended from Major League Baseball (MLB) for a year due to his role in the 2017 Astros rush plan and eventually won the World Series championship. His employment is accompanied by a review, which is a matter of course. He did not stop the action led by his substitute coach Alex Cora and many players. Although Xinqi was not an active participant, he just looked elsewhere.

He admitted that his punishment was deserved.

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If Hinch wanted to assassinate Cora and appoint the hitter Carlos Beltran (Carlos Beltran), who was the mastermind behind the cheating, that would be the biggest stage he did. He reached a climax in a major league baseball interview with Tom Verducci in February. On Friday, he did the same thing-no ambiguous comments, no jokes, no prying into the participation of anyone other than him.

He is sorry. countless times.

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Xin Qi said: “I’m sorry, today must be a topic, I understand why.” “For me, this is an exciting day, for the tiger, this is an exciting day. But when you serve these When they were in positions, they were real conversations. I had conversations with these people (Avila and boss Christopher Ilyich) and many others. During the whole process of the organization, they were very thorough. We all reached a cooperation. Partnership, we think this will make Tiger Baseball a success.”

Hinch will have to resolve these issues on a regular basis in the next few months, perhaps by the 2021 season, but he proved at the first press conference that he is willing to accept these issues, but he still must gain confidence.

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Flanders returned to Detroit?

This is not a secret. Former AL MVP and Justin Weiland, who won the Cy Young championship twice, both like Detroit. As a tiger from 2005-17, he won the 2006 AL Rookie Award, and won the franchise in two appearances in the World Series, and won one of the Cy Young awards twice, and his three are impeccable Two of them.

Detroit is the baseball stadium of Verlander.

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The Tigers traded Wieland to the Astros managed by Hinch in the 2015-19 season and received a three-person prospect in August 2017, thus igniting the team’s lineup. Due to Tommy John’s surgery, Verlander’s 2020 season is limited to one start, which is likely to cost him the entire 2021 season.

Oh yes, he will become a free agent after next season.

Xinqi said that he had a “great relationship” with Weiland. Flander texted his former manager on Friday morning, admiring “What Detroit was like when Detroit won.”

Hinch said, “There is no place like this,” Wieland said to him.

The idea of ​​the Verlander-Tigers reunion makes sense, especially if Verlander is willing to cut his salary to return to the organization where he established most of the positions in the Hall of Fame. With Hinch as the manager, this seems very possible.

Imagine this kind of rotation: Verlander, Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal and Matt Manning. In the 2022 season, free agent signings with the highest selling dollar and Tiger rotation may dominate.

Will Xiqi be bothered around ChiSox?

The Chicago White Sox (whether their agent is Hinchi or 76-year-old Tony La Russa) has a capable team: Tim Anderson, Jose Ableu, Euan Monca Da, Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert and Nick Madrig. Their rotation includes outstanding figures such as Lucas Giolito, Dallas Keuchel and Dane Dunning.

There are not many weak links, but the roster needs the seasoning of top managers. The winch seems to be the most suitable choice. With the exception of the White Sox’s decision to land on the La Ruza River under the pressure of owner Larry Reinsdorf (Jerry Reinsdorf), he fired La Ruza River in 1986, the pair of agents Favorable and hurt the White Sox.

Does it make any sense? No, except to solve a 34-year-old mistake.

However, what is even more confusing is that the White Sox did not even reach Hinch. They handed him over to the tiger.

Xin Qi said: “You have to ask where the White Sox is.” “I have never been interviewed by the White Sox. Initially, these were two management positions, and in Boston, these positions were open. I have two For teams that are interested in the team, I just know they are interested. When the World Series is over, Al called and I got on the plane, but I don’t know what will happen next.

“Also, I have never interviewed the White Sox. I am not sure what their process is or what their thought process is.”

If La Russa can’t solve the problem and the Tigers cross him and ChiSox in the US Central League, the fans of the White Sox will never forget this. The events of the past three days may change the hierarchy of the department over the years.

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