Detroit Tigers manager A.J. Hinch ‘super happy’ to be in Houston

HOUSTON— AJ Hinchthe former Houston Astros manager, returned to Minute Maid Park on Thursday for the second time as the Detroit Tigers‘manager and the first time in 2022.

He made his first appearance last April, when the Tigers swept the Astros in a three-game series. This time, the teams will play four times — from Thursday through Sunday — before the Tigers return to Comerica Park for an eight-game homestand against the Oakland Athletics and Baltimore Orioles.

“We did a lot of good when I was here,” Hinch said Thursday. “I have a lot of friends and family here, including a lot of people still in the Astros organization. Everybody’s been great to me.”

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Tigers manager AJ Hinch watches from the dugout in the first inning of a doubleheader against the Pirates on May 4, 2022 at Comerica Park.

Hinch managed the Astros from 2015-19 and guided the organization to four postseason appearances and the 2017 World Series championship. His family of him still resides in The Woodlands, Texas, about 30 miles north of downtown Houston.

The 47-year-old, a husband and father of two daughters, lives in The Woodlands during the offseason.

“I call this home,” Hinch said. “I continue to be super happy when I’m here. The memories will last forever. The relationships will last forever. It’s always fun to come back.”

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