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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

 

Pittsburgh Penguins stay busy, naming Jim Rutherford as new GM

Jim Rutherford as a player (photo by Detroit Red Wings via wikipedia commons)

The Pittsburgh Penguins fired head coach Dan Bylsma and hired a new GM, Jim Rutherford all in the same day.

The 65-year-old Rutherford resigned the same position back in April with the Carolina Hurricanes. He replaces Ray Shero, who was fired three weeks ago.

Rutherford is a former 5’8, 160-pound goalie in the NHL from 1969-1983 with Detroit, Toronto and the LA Kings.

This is a homecoming for him with Pittsburgh, as he played goaltender for the team in the 1970′s.

After his playing career, he spent 20 years with the Hartford Whalers franchise, who moved to North Carolina in 1997 and became the Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina won the Stanley Cup in 2006.

Blackhawks to lose Marian Hossa for 2-3 weeks with injury

Marian Hossa (photo by Dinur Blum via wikipedia commons)

Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa has been a superstar everywhere he has played in the NHL, Ottawa, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Detroit. He can score at anytime from anywhere on the ice.

The 35-year-old was having another solid season with 24 goals, 26 assists in 57 games. He was on his way to achieving 1,000 points for his career with just 15 more when an injury put him out of action.

In Saturday’s win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, Hossa suffered an upper-body injury which will keep him out of action for 2-3 weeks.

Boston Bruins use strong third period to hold off scappy Blue Jackets, 3-1

(courtesy Boston Bruins)

 

BOSTON BRUINS POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM AUDIO

52,597 Tuukka Rask Boston goalie Team’s defense stepped up in front of him in 3rd period 10 12 13

52,600 Tuukka Rask Boston goalie Going up against Sergei Bobrovsky he knows a low scoring game is the norm 1012 13

52,601 Tuukka Rask Boston goalie He was determined not to let in another goal after CBJ led 1-0 10 12 1352,607

Brad Marchand Boston Bruins center Tips hat to G Tuukka Rask for holding off CBJ in 3rd period 10 12 13

 

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM AUDIO

(courtesy Columbus Blue Jackets)

52,608 Jack Johnson CBJ Def Team had chances just couldn’t score 10 12 13

52,609 Jack Johnson CBJ def The Jackets are playing solid hockey in first four games 10 12 13

52,611 Todd Richards CBJ head coach Boston blocks shots so well. Is there another team like them 10 12 13

52,612 Todd Richards CBJ head coach This was a big early test for CBJ. Did he like what he saw even in losing 10 12 13

 

COLUMBUS, O. – The Columbus Blue Jackets matched the physical style of the Boston Bruins. But Boston showed how a championship caliber team can separate itself in a close game and outplayed Columbus in the third period to win 3-1 Saturday afternoon.

With the loss, the Blue Jackets, new to the NHL’s Eastern Conference, are 0-2 at home. Both of their wins have come on the road.

The game-winning goal was scored by Loui Eriksson, his first with the Bruins.

Eriksson, acquired last summer in the big trade that sent Tyler Seguin to Dallas, scored 150 goals for the Stars. He started the season scoreless in three games for the Bruins.

Starring for the Blue Jackets were Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and Defenseman Jack Johnson. Johnson scored on a first-period power play.

Bobrovsky, last season’s Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goalie, stopped 33 shots.

BOSTON GAME NOTES:

* Claude Julien coached in his 700th NHL game (378-233-10-79).

* Both teams will face Detroit in their next game. The Bruins will host the Red Wings on Monday, and the Blue Jackets will play at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday.

* The meeting was the first of three between the teams this season – the only one in Columbus.

* Boston’s Johnny Boychuk left after blocking a shot in the third period, but he returned.

COLUMBUS GAME NOTES:

* The Blue Jackets recalled C Ryan Craig from the AHL’s Springfield Falcons  before the game but he was a healthy scratch.

* Columbus F Nick Foligno played in his 400th NHL game.

* The Blue Jackets were without LW Matt Calvert (lower body) and lost LW Blake Comeau (lower body) in the second period.

 


Orioles’ Davis gets name in record books by tying AL HR mark with #37

Chris Davis (photo by Keith Allison, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has his name in the Major League Baseball record books.

The 27-year-old Texan belted his MLB-leading 37th home run on Sunday as Baltimore cruised by the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4.

The 37th homer tied an American League record at the All-Star break.

With his recent power surge of homering in his fourth straight games, Davis equaled Reggie Jackson’s 1969 American League record for home runs before the All-Star break. The MLB overall record is 39 by Barry Bonds in 2001.

Davis has 93 RBI’s at the break, which is second-most in MLB behind Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera. He and Cabrera are the only players in major league history to have 30 home runs and 90 RBI’s at the All-Star break.

The left-handed hitting Davis has reached career highs in both homers and RBI’s and still has 66 games left to add to his totals.

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