This pick would rub a lot of people the wrong way and rightfully so. AJ Hinch was the manager of the Houston Astros from 2015-2019. You guessed it, he was the manager of that ballclub during the years that they were stealing signs of pitchers from their opponent to gain a competitive advantage. They won the World Series with the cheating in 2017 and had many other deep playoff runs along the way as a result.
Hinch was suspended by the commissioner of baseball for all of 2020 for his teams’ actions which resulted in the owner firing him. His suspension will officially be up at the end of the World Series this year and he will be a candidate to get a new job right away. The Houston Astros proved a little bit this year that they still know how to win and Hinch probably deserves some credit for that. What they did was wrong and should have received even worse punishment but this would be a second chance for him.
He also has a personal tie with the White Sox as Dallas Keuchel worked together with Hinch for a few years. Keuchel even may have hinted at it on Twitter which makes things feel even more interesting. Hinch would have to sell himself as someone who has learned his lesson if he were to coach again but there is no doubt that he would be able to help this young White Sox team.