The Detroit Tigers have hired A.J. Hinch as their new manager.
Hinch was the manager during the Astros cheating scandal, which yielded a 2017 World Series title, and a scarlet letter that he and those players will have to wear forever.
The reaction by Tigers fans was mixed. People want a winner in Detroit, and while Hinch has a track record of success (he has a .558 winning percentage), that track record includes one of the biggest controversies in recent memory in the world of sports.
Perhaps the foremost voice on social media when it comes to the Tigers, is Chris Castellani. He has provided postgame analysis of every game the last few years — a rough watch to say the least.
Here are his thoughts:
The Tigers have hired A.J. Hinch pic.twitter.com/wCYNQL5TMe
— Chris Castellani (@Castellani2014) October 30, 2020
When looking at social media, you knew the jokes were coming:
Garbage cans leaving Comerica pic.twitter.com/33cuLH7snj
— John A. Goetz (@GoetzItSold) October 30, 2020
Having to live in Detroit and coach the Tigers — the real punishment for AJ Hinch from the Astros scandal. https://t.co/faDucyD9KJ
— Corey (@slapshot1425) October 30, 2020
— Patrick Nagy (@patrick_nagy1) October 30, 2020
There are some that are looking at Hinch, taking over a team that seems ready to turn the corner with prospects on the come and money to spend, as a final piece.
The Tigers future after hiring A.J. Hinch pic.twitter.com/l1rSmKmvQa
— Tony Dombrowski (@tonydombrowski) October 30, 2020
This is a great day in Detroit Tigers history. A.J. Hinch has proven he can take a group of talented, young prospects and turn them into champions. The future is bright.
— Matt Barbish (@M_Barbish) October 30, 2020
And then, there's the other side of the coin. The reputation is hard to shake:
not sure how I feel about the tigers hiring a cheater
— Chris (@hegondoone3) October 30, 2020
2nd chances are generally good. & Hinch has owned up to what happened more than other Astros, though that's a low bar. But I also don't think he suffered sig. consequences given the time he actually missed & that the hire sends a bad message w/ so many other qualified candidates.
— Gary Phillips (@GaryHPhillips) October 30, 2020
So if I have this right, Hinch got another job because he had no control of the clubhouse and the team cheated despite his objections
— Jason Fegadel (@JFegadel) October 30, 2020
Success should be based on how many rings you win. How many rings does Hinch have without cheating? 🤡
— Tim (@TimothyWeed420) October 30, 2020
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