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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.”




The NFL Draft could be coming to a city near you

(courtesy NFL)

The National Football League usually has its annual draft in New York City.

But the league is currently inviting cities to put up bids to see who is interested in hosting the event.

This week, the NFL invited Chicago, Los Angeles and New York to make their presentations to host, but no one emerged as the front-runner.

It has been reported that more than a dozen cities have shown interest in being a host in 2015. They include: Boston, Canton, Cleveland, Green Bay, Houston, Nashville, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

The NFL says it’ll chose a site sometime this summer.

Penalty kick by Higuain saves day for Crew in 1-1 draw with Dynamo


60,000 Dominic Kinnear Houston Dynamo head coach postgame 6 1 2013


60,007 Justin Meram Crew On team playing well despite getting ties

COLUMBUS, O. — The Columbus Crew over the years have been one of the best home teams in Major League Soccer.

But during the current season, they’ve lost games, tied games while losing points at home. They even went 7 1/2 quarters without scoring a goal before Saturday night’s game.

Trailing the Houston Dynamo, 1-0, the Crew received a break. Chad Barson, making his first start of the season, was hauled down on his way to the goal in the box by Andrew Driver. That meant a penalty kick was in the offering.

Federico Higuain is 3 of 4 on penalty kicks this season (photo by Justin Mowry)

Federico Higuain was called on to do his specialty and he tied the game on the penalty kick in the 69th minute to make it 1-1. That goal ended the beforementioned scoring drought at home, 294 minutes. The last goal at home was on April 27 against DC United, also scored by Higuain on a penalty kick.

The Dynamo’s goal was scored by Wayne Creavalle in the 31st minute, his third of the campaign.

Warren Creavalle scored the Dynamo's only goal (courtesy Houston Dynamo)



* Columbus is 4-4-5 overall with 17 points and 1-2-3 at home

* This was Tyson Wahl’s 12th start of the season, fourth most in his career

* The Crew has scored only 5 goals in the first half all season

* Columbus is 4-2-9 vs. the Dynamo all-time

* After the Crew plays at Philadelphia on June 5, they’ll have 10 days off before their home match against Montreal on June 15


* Houston is 6-4-4 on the season, 2-2-3 on the road

* The Dynamo are in the top 10 in the MLS in defense, allowing only 13 goals all season

* After Saturday night’s game at Columbus, the Dynamo will have 2 1/2 weeks off before their June 19 match at Montreal

Colorado Avalanche fire Sacco as coach after four seasons

Joe Sacco (courtesy Colorado Avalanche)

Black Monday usually happens the day after the final NHL regular-season games.

It’s the day when owners and general managers fire their coaches after a disappointing season.

Joe Sacco was fired on Sunday after the Colorado Avalanche lost to the Minnesota Wild 3-1 in their final game.

The Avs missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

Colorado, usually a playoff contender, never was able to get going in the 48-game season and finished last in the Western Conference at 16-25-7 for 39 points.

Sacco, in four seasons, had a record of 130-134-30. He leaves with one year on his contract.

A former NHL Right winger, Sacco played from 1990-2003 with Toronto, Anaheim, New York Islanders, Washington and Philadelphia.

Maple Leafs give Joffrey Lupul contract extension

Joffrey Lupul (photo by Rick Dikeman via wikipedia commons)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have given 29-year-old forward Joffrey Lupul a five-year contract extension which will run through the 2017-18 season.

Lupul signed a 5 year, 26.25 million dollar contract extension.

Lupul played in 66 games last season and ranked second on the team in goals with 25, assists 42 and points 67.

Lupul, whose NHL career started in 2003, has played with Philadelphia, Edmonton and Anaheim prior to being with Toronto.

Lupul was the first player to score a playoff hat-trick in Anaheim franchise history.


Info compiled from NHL, Toronto Maple Leafs news

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