A.J. Hinch, Manager, Houston Astros
Date of Birth: 5/15/1974
Birthplace: Waverly, Iowa
College: Stanford University
A.J. Hinch, manager of the Houston Astros, was a catcher in the major leagues for seven years. He was drafted in 1996 by the Oakland Athletics while he was in his last year at Stanford University. After two years in the minor leagues, he joined the Athletics in 1998 and he played with them through the 2000 season before being traded to the Kansas City Royals.
After two seasons (2001-2002) with the Royals, Hinch was released. The following March, he signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians but he didn't last long with them. Prior to the 2003 season, his contract was bought by the Detroit Tigers. He played with the Tigers in 2003 and with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2004. He spent 2005, his last year as a player, in the minor leagues.
Hinch ended his career as a major league baseball player with 209 hits, 112 RBIs, 214 strikeouts to 71 walks, and a .219 batting average in 350 games. As a catcher, he made 121 assists, 1,672 putouts, and 24 errors with a .182 caught stealing percentage and a .987 fielding percentage in 338 games.
After retiring as a player, Hinch was hired as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks' minor league operations in 2005. In August, 2006, he was named director of player development for the team. Almost three years later, on May 8, 2009, he replaced Bob Melvin as manager of the Diamondbacks. He stayed in that position until he was fired on July 1, 2010. At that time, the Diamondbacks had a 31-48 record. Hinch's total managerial record with the Diamondbacks was 89 wins to 123 losses.
Hinch didn't stay unemployed for long. In September, 2010, he was named vice president of professional scouting for the San Diego Padres. He kept that position until he resigned on August 5, 2014. Almost two months later, on September 29, 2014, he replaced Bo Porter as the Astros manager.
In 2015, Hinch led the Astros to the playoffs for the first time since 2005. They finished the regular season in second place in the American League West division, winning a Wild Card spot with an 86-76 record. They defeated the New York Yankees in the Wild Card game with a score of 3-0. They then went on to the AL Division Series which they lost three games to two to the Kansas City Royals.
Hinch and the Astros finished in third place in the AL West division in 2016. They had 84 wins to 78 losses.
Hinch's record in four years of managing in the major leagues is 259 wins to 277 losses.