Why the Detroit Tigers are frontrunners to hire A.J. Hinch as manager

No, the Detroit Tigers aren’t considering Jim Leyland as their next manager. Not Alan Trammell, either.With that cleared up, former Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch, having served his one-year suspension from MLB for his role in the team’s 2017 sign-stealing scandal, is Tigers general manager Al Avila’s No. 1 candidate, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.And the path for Avila to hire him is clear, considering the Chicago White Sox — the top destination for prospective managers this offseason — filled their vacancy Thursday with 76-year-old Tony La Russa, who left his job as a senior a…

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