The Chicago White Sox might want to consider AJ Hinch to be their next manager.
The Chicago White Sox have been without a manager for a few weeks now. Despite a major turnaround as a franchise, they fired Rick Renteria. They believe that they need a new voice to lead them to the promised land. It has to be a matter of not wanting a stop-gap coach like Renteria and a World Series-winning manager instead. There are a few names out there that are experienced and successful but there might not be one more fitting than AJ Hinch.
Hinch, of course, would come with baggage. He is on the market because he was fired by Houston following the sign-stealing scandal investigation that found many members of the organization guilty of stealing signs. He was suspended by Major League Baseball for one year so he will be eligible to be hired following the 2020 World Series.
The report does say that Hinch allowed the cheating that he knew was happening to continue but it doesn’t seem like he was the mastermind behind it all. Everyone deserves a second chance and the White Sox might be the organization that gives him that second chance. There is no doubt that he would be a perfect fit as they have already claimed that “October experience” is something they are looking for in potential candidates.
For one, he has a relationship with Dallas Keuchel. He is an extremely important part of the White Sox current and future success so having Hinch around might help him feel even more comfortable. It might also fire him up even more as well which is always a good thing.
The White Sox also need a right fielder. His relationship with George Springer is well known and he might be able to recruit him to the White Sox this offseason. It would really make the White Sox lineup even better than it already is. If both Hinch and Springer were there in 2021, this would be a World Series contender even more than we thought.
Perhaps the most important thing that Hinch would bring to the White Sox is good lineup construction and pitching management. There were really never any critiques in his decision making with the Astros so we would be able to expect him to know what he is doing with this lineup. You can be confident that he will use all of his recourses to make the best decisions.
Of all the managerial openings in Major League Baseball right now, this White Sox job is probably the most appealing. They aren’t some bad team that just fired their coach, they are ready to win now and that is what Hinch is trying to do. Hopefully, if they can deal with the controversy a hire like this would bring, they can get something done to bring him in.