10/1 Managerial candidates
FOX Sports and MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal reports a name to keep in mind for the Cubs managerial opening is A.J. Hinch, current Padres assistant GM and former Diamondbacks manager. Hinch also was the Diamondbacks former farm director, so he has experience with young players. Rosenthal says that according to sources, Hinch is on the Cubs’ list of possibilities, and says he’s a “more viable candidate” than Brad Ausmus.
Hinch, 39, was a catcher from 1998-2004 with the Athletics, Royals, Tigers and Phillies, compiling a career .219 batting average. He took over for Bob Melvin as the Diamondbacks manager in 2009 even though he had never managed or coached at any level. He was fired on July 1, 2010, following a 31-48 start.
He’s currently vice president of scouting for the Padres. What may be appealing to the Cubs front office is that he has a psychology degree from Stanford. Hinch worked with Hoyer on the Padres staff.