Reports: Hinch emerges as favorite for Tigers’ managerial job

Former Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch, whose one-year suspension for his role in the team’s sign-stealing scandal ended this week, has emerged as the leading candidate to be the Detroit Tigers’ new manager, multiple media outlets reported Thursday.According to MLB Network, Hinch interviewed with the Tigers on Thursday.Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire retired in mid-September, and the Tigers wound up with a 23-35 record, last place in the American League Central.Hinch led the Astros to a World Series championship in 2017 and another World Series berth in 2019, but he was fired by the club in January after Major League Baseball’s investigation into sign-stealing allegations.MLB ruled that the Astros illegally stole signs in 2017, and it issued one-year bans for both Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow. The club fired both shortly after the punishments were announced.The Tigers weren’t dissuaded from talking to Hinch despite the stain on his resume. Detroit general manager Al Avila acknowledged earlier this month that both Hinch and Alex Cora would be given consideration. Cora, Houston’s bench coach in 2017, was fired as manager of the Boston Red Sox in January after MLB’s ruling regarding the Astros’ misdeeds.