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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

 

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

Reds rookie Mesoraco suspended, put on 7-day DL for concussion symptoms

 

Cincinnati Reds rookie catcher Devin Mesoraco had planned to appeal his three-game suspension for making contact with an umpire during an argument on Monday night. He was suspended and fined an undisclosed amount Wednesday by Major League Baseball for making contact with an umpire.

But it seems that he’ll be missing some games anyway as a precaution.

Mesoraco was placed on the seven-day disabled list for concussions before Wednesday night’s game against San Diego.

Devin Mesoraco (megasportsnews.com photo)

The Reds were busy with other roster moves as well. Cincinnati  optioned right-hander Todd Redmond to Triple-A Louisville and called up catcher Dioner Navarro from its top farm club. Newly acquired reliever Jonathan Broxton, obtained in a trade Tuesday with Kansas City, was also added to the active roster.

Redmond was recalled Tuesday from Louisville when left-hander Bill Bray went on the 15-day disabled list with back problems. Redmond has been called up to the majors three times this season but is yet to make his big league debut.

Navarro, signed in January by the Reds as a minor league free agent, has spent the year with the Louisville Bats, where he was an All-Star in the International League. He was hitting .330 with four home runs and 27 RBIs in 57 games.

Mesoraco was injured in a collision with San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin at home plate in the second inning of Monday night’s 11-5 loss to the Padres. The catcher was later ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Before leaving the field, he pointed a finger at plate umpire Chad Fairchild’s chest protector and bumped him.

Once he comes off the DL, Mesoraco will be allowed to play until his appeal is heard.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

 

 

TIGERS POSTGAME NOTES: Detroit 3, Cincinnati 2

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CINCINNATI, OHIO — With 42,443 fans in attendance at Great American Ball Park, the Detroit Tigers beat the Cincinnati Reds, 3-2.

It was the 5th sellout of the season, 8th largest crowd in the history of GABP and the highest non-Opening Day attendance and non-playoff attendance in history.

Detroit ace Justin Verlander was tough on the Reds striking out 9, but they made him throw 127 pitches (megasportsnews.com photo)

 

* Detroit ace Justin Verlander threw 30 pitches in the 4th inning and 37 pitches in the 5th inning. He tied his shortest outing of the season, previous was 6.0 ( 3 times vs. Texas, at the Yankees and at Boston). His 127 pitches Saturday is the 2nd-highest of the season. Had 131 at Kansas City. Is 16-2 with a 2.77 ERA in 22 Interleague game starts.

* Verlander ended a personal 3-game losing streak with the no-decision.

* Verlander is 0-21 batting against National League teams.

* Verlander pitched in his 55th straight start of at least 6 innings.

* Prince Fielder homered in Great American Ball Park, a place he knows well from his days in Milwaukee. His 4th inning blast was his 23rd against the Reds and 12th at Great American Ball Park. It was also his 28th career Interleague home run.

* CF Austin Jackson made his first appearance since May 16. He had been out of action since May 17 recovering from an abdominal strain.

* Hernan Perez, just up from Class-A Advanced Lakeland, made his debut in the 8th inning and grounded out.

 

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Reds bring back Tomko; given a chance to make team

 

Brett Tomko (file photo)

The MLB team that helped launch Brett Tomko’s career, the Cincinnati Reds, have signed him to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Tomko has had an eventful 14-year career pitching for 10 teams; San Diego three times, Oakland, the Yankees, St. Louis, San Francisco, the Dodgers and Kansas City.

His record is 100-102 with 4.65 ERA and has 1,195 strikeouts.

The 38-year-old Tomko, who’ll be 39 on April 7, was Cincinnati’s second-round pick in the June 1995 draft. He was elevated to the majors in 1997 and spent three seasons with the Reds.

He will always be remembered for being a part of the four-player package the Reds shipped to Seattle to bring home Ken Griffey Jr. on February 10, 2000.

Tomko was 0-1 with a 4.58 ERA in eight games with Texas in 2011.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

 

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