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Posts Tagged ‘Arizona Diamondbacks.’

Astros improved by 19 games in 2014 under Bo Porter but ownership turns to Hinch to win championships

A.J. Hinch

The Houston Astros stunned the baseball world when they fired manager Bo Porter on September 1 in only his second season on the job and turned to Tom Lawless as the interim manager.

The team was very competitive in 2014. They made a 19-game improvement in wins over 2013 and they had the American League batting champion in Jose Altuve.

By finishing at 70-92, the Astros ended up fourth in the tough AL West and ended their streak of three straight 100-plus seasons.

On Monday, one day after the MLB regular season ended, the Astros became the first team to name a new manager.

They have hired A.J. Hinch,  a member of the bronze medal-winning 1996 U.S. Olympic Team, a former catcher, former manager and front office executive. As the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009 & 2010 encompassing 212 games, his record was 89-123.

The 40-year-old Hinch, brings more than 20 years of playing, managing and front office experience in Major League Baseball to the Astros organization. This is his second managerial post, as he served as Arizona’s manager for parts of two seasons from 2009-10. Hinch also played parts of seven Major League seasons with Oakland (1998-2000), Kansas City (2001-02), Detroit (2003) and Philadelphia (2004). A former catcher, Hinch played in 338 career Major League games after being selected in the third round of the 1996 draft. His career totals include a .219 average with 32 homers and 112 RBI’s.

Hinch joins the Astros after coming from the San Diego Padres, where he most recently served as the club’s Vice President and Assistant General Manager for three years (2011-14). In that role, Hinch oversaw all aspects of the club’s professional scouting and medical departments, while assisting with the club’s roster composition, player acquisitions, talent evaluations and contract negotiations.

Hinch, who retired as a player in 2005, joined Arizona’s front office in 2006 and was eventually named the team’s Director of Player Development later that season. He held that role until being named the Diamondbacks manager in 2009.

Astros GM Jeff Luhnow believes that Hinch is the man to lead Houston back to the success it had in the 90′s and early to mid 2000′s. “I feel A.J. Hinch will be the manager that is going to be here when we win the World Series.”

Says Hinch, “The goal is always to win championships. It is easier said than done. We have alot of work to do to get back to the success that the organization has had in the past.”

 

PORTIONS OF THIS ARTICLE TAKEN FROM HOUSTON ASTROS PRESS RELEASE; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Reds setup man Jonathan Broxton undergoes season-ending forearm surgery

Cincinnati Reds right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton had season-ending surgery on Friday August 23 to repair a torn flexor mass in his right forearm. Team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek performed the operation.

Broxton’s rehabilitation is expected to take approximately six months. He will be ready for the start of Spring Training in 2014.

Jonathan Broxton (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

Broxton came out of Wednesday’s game when he felt something pull apart in his forearm while pitching in the eighth inning vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In a shortened season covering 34 games, Broxton was 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA and 25 strikeouts over 30 2/3 innings. He’s allowed 27 hits and walked 12. He was on the disbaled list from June 15-Aug. 9 because of a flexor mass strain in his right elbow.

B.J. Upton chooses Atlanta over Philadelphia

 

The Atlanta Braves have landed one of the top free agents of the 2012 off-season.

On Wednesday, they reached an agreement with former Tampa Bay Rays center fielder B.J. Upton to a fiver-year, $75.25 million contract.

Upton, who’s brother Justin plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks, was the second overall pick in the 2002 draft. He made his debut with the Rays at age 19 and spent six full seasons with the team.

B.J. Upton (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

B.J. and Justin are the only two brothers in MLB history to be selected in the number one and two slot of the draft (in separate years). The Upton brothers are also the first brothers to make it into the 20-20 club (both have hit 20 home runs and have 20 stolen bases in a season).

The 28-year-old Upton, replaces Michael Bourn, another free agent. He gives the Braves with top-line defense and a much-needed right-handed bat in a lefty dominated lineup.

He batted .246 with a career-low .298 on-base percentage in 2012, but clubbed 28 home runs with 78 RBI’s and 31 stolen bases in 37 attempts.

Upton chose the Braves over NL East rival Philadelphia, whose needed a CF to replace Shane Victorino to the Dodgers last season. Victorino is also a free-agent this off-season.

Podsednik’s travels: Boston to Arizona back to Boston

 

The Boston Red Sox have signed veteran outfielder Scott Podsednik to a contract after little more than a week after trading him to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The 36-year-old journeyman batted .387 with one homer and seven RBI’s for the Red Sox before being sent to Arizona back on July 31.

The Diamondbacks released him after Podsednik declined an assignment to Triple-A Reno.

Scott Podsednik in 2012 with Boston (photo by UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

He has played with Seattle, Milwaukee, the Chicago White Sox twice, Colorado, Kansas City, the Dodgers and Boston.

A 2005 World Series champion with the White Sox, has lifetime totals of .281 batting average, with 42 RBI’s, 307 RBI’s and 307 steals with 1,060 hits.

 

Info compiled from MLBpressbox, Boston Red Sox, Radio & TV news

D-Backs’ 2B Hill gets second cycle of the 2012 season

Aaron Hill with Toronto (2009 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill last week hit for his second cycle of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers.

He became the second major-league player since 1900 to accomplish  the feat twice in the same season.

Hill also singled, doubled, tripled and homered on June 18 against Seattle.

Brooklyn Dodgers player Babe Herman had two cycles in 1931, according to STATS LLC.

Friday night off Brewers starter Randy Wolf, Hill doubled in the first inning for his 1,000th MLB hit; singled in the third; hit a home run in the fourth, his 11th of the year, a two-run balst.

In the sixth inning, Hill completed the cycle with a triple off Livan Hernandez.

 

Info compiled from MLB & Arizona Diamondbacks

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