The Detroit Tigers announced the signing of AJ Hinch as their new manager on Friday general, upon completion of his one-year suspension for the scandal sign-stealing of the Houston Astros.
Hinch was one of the two Astros members punished for that case, which clouded the Texas team’s triumph in the 2017 World Series.
At 46 years old, Hinch to replace Ron Gardenhire, who withdrew abruptly in September for health reasons.
I would like to thank Chris Ilitch (team owner) and Al Avila for the opportunity to return to the dugout and guide this historic team, “Hinch said in a statement.
This last year has been the most difficult of my life. It gave me time to reflect, which was a big part of this process. Everything that happened in the last year, professionally and personally, has reinforced the importance of doing things with integrity and honesty, “said the new Detroit manager.
The Major League Baseball investigation into the Astros case revealed Hinch was not directly involved in creating the system used by players to steal the signals of rival pitchers, but he also did not act to prevent it.
Hinch was suspended along with Astros manager Jeff Luhnow, and fired by the franchise.
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