Just two and a half months after being fired by the Diamondbacks, former manager A.J. Hinch has landed a position with one of Arizona's division rivals. According to Corey Brock of MLB.com (via Twitter), the Padres have hired Hinch to be their vice president of professional scouting.
Hinch, a former catcher for the Athletics, Royals, Tigers, and Phillies, took over as the Diamondbacks' skipper in May 2009, replacing Bob Melvin. He led the club to an 89-123 record before being fired, along with GM Josh Byrnes, on July 1st of this year. Prior to becoming their manager, Hinch was employed in Arizona's front office as the director of player development.
the Padres hiring him as vp of professional scouting makes a lot more sense to me than the D’backs hiring him as manager. Good to see him find another job so quickly.
I don’t even know why they are considering they’re options for GM, sign Kevin Towers
Maybe the D’backs will hire Towers out of spite. Probably not.
I remember having to create A.J. Hinch in Triple Play back in the late 90s….he’s come a long way.