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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

 

Astros’ Bedard allows no-hits vs. Mariners; team still loses game

Erik Bedard with Pirates (photo by Keith Allison, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

Houston Astros lefthanded pitcher Erik Bedard pitched 6.1 innings of no-hit baseball before he was replaced by reliever Jose Cisnero.

Cisnero walked Mike Zunino with two outs.

Then Michael Saunders produced Seattle’s only hit with a two-run double to the top of Tal Smith’s Hill in straightaway centerfield at Minute Maid Park to put the Mariners up 4-2 and they held on for the win.

Padres’ Volquez almost pitches team’s first no-hitter

 

Former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez has been everything the San Diego Padres wanted in a top-of-the rotation pitcher.

He is 6-7 overall, with a 3.34 ERA, with 109 strikeouts and 70 walks on a team that is offensively-challenged.

Edinson Volquez (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The fire-balling right-hander almost made history on Thursday. He came within an infield single of throwing the Padres first no-hitter in the team’s history.

Volquez allowed a single to the Houston Astros’ Matt Downs in the fourth inning, a dribbler to the left-side of the mound, which he could not field.

 

Info compiled from MLB & San Diego Padres

Better deal has Astros trading Lee to Miami, not Los Angeles

 

Carlos Lee (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The Carlos Lee to the LA Dodgers was the talk of last week but never materialized.

But the Houston Astros received a better deal from the Miami Marlins and thus, they traded the only threat in their lineup to South Beach.

First baseman/outfielder Lee was traded on Wednesday in exchange for two prospects, third baseman Matt Dominguez and left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen.

The 36-year-old Lee, as a 10-and-5 player, had the right to agree to a trade and where.

He spent five-plus years in Houston and is hitting .287 with five homers and 29 RBI’s in 65 games for an anemic Astros offense.

 

Info compiled from Houston Astros & Miami Marlins news

Astros halt Indians hot streak with 8-1 thrashing at Minute Maid Park

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The Houston Astros used a rookie pitcher to cool down the surging Cleveland Indians on Saturday. The Indians had won four in a row until they ran into a Houston buzzsaw.

Dallas Keuchel pitched a complete game and J.D. Martinez and Jordan Schafer hit consecutive homers in the Astros’ key four-run 6th inning for an 8-1 win.

Keuchel, who is 1-0, allowed 6 hits and struck out three in the game.

Asdrubal Cabrera hit his 9th homer for the Tribe’s only highlight.

The losing pitcher was Jeanmar Gomez, who drops to 4-7 on the season.

 

Info compiled from Houston Astros & Cleveland Indians

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