Detroit Tigers: 3 possible candidates for the manager job beyond 2020

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Detroit Tigers, A.J. Hinch
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The Detroit Tigers could explore bringing A.J. Hinch back into managing after sitting out for his involvement in the sign-stealing scandal that served him a one-year suspension.

Anyone who has been blinded by the chaos that 2020 has brought about, the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal is still there and still very real. But, what if the Detroit Tigers poached the former Astros manager?

Bringing in A.J. Hinch to manage this team does not sound like a half-bad idea. Hinch has seven years of managerial experience, two with the Arizona Diamondbacks and five with the Astros.

His time with the Astros has seen Hinch become a prominent manager name in the big leagues before his one-year suspension. In his first two seasons, he took the Astros to a second and third place divisional finish, respectively.

After that, its first-place finishes the rest of the way. He would reach the postseason in four out of five seasons with the Astros, winning the 2017 World Series and losing in 2019 to the Washington Nationals.

Don’t forget, Hinch, suited up for the Tigers back in his playing days, spending the 2003 season in Detroit. He may have only played 27 games, but he was a Tigers backstop nonetheless.

Even with the sign-stealing scandal in his past, Hinch is still a manager; the Tigers better have some deliberation and thought over. He could be worth the slander that might come from bringing back someone who may not have the most favorable public relations off the bat.