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A.J. Hinch talks about his firing

Jul 6, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

Former Dbacks’ skipper A.J. Hinch was on KTAR radio in Phoenix yesterday talking about getting axed.  He’s mostly diplomatic, talking about how wins and losses are all that matter, but there are times when it seems pretty clear that he resents the fact that his team basically mutinied on him right after he got the job.  Stuff like this:

Handling players, getting people to calm down, I wish I would’ve
been able to do that quicker last summer and been able to move on. … For
the first part of my tenure, it wasn’t about the baseball. It was about
my age and my inexperience as a manager and the hostility on our team.

I don’t know that there’s any way to deal with that kind of skepticism other than to win like a mofo right out of the box. Hinch’s Dbacks lost six of his first seven games, and you can bet that by game five the “who in the hell does this guy think he is” meme had taken hold pretty firmly.

Like I said last week: hiring Hinch was unconventional thinking. I kind of like unconventional thinking so part of me wanted to see the Dbacks’ little experiment succed, but baseball in general does not.  Hinch was probably doomed from the get-go, and as a result, I bet we don’t see a team hire someone without either coaching or managing experience again for a long, long time.

  1. Jon Weisman - Jul 6, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Who led the mutiny? A lot of Arizona’s players are young. When I was in my earlyish 20s, anyone of Hinch’s age was of another generation as far as I was concerned. And it’s not like Hinch didn’t play the game.
    I’m not denying the mutiny occurred, but it still seems weird to me. He’s not the first manager who never managed before. People were upset because he had never been anyone’s third-base coach?

  2. Boo Hoo Florio picked on your team - GET OVER IT - Jul 7, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    It’s likely Brandon Webb and Chris Snyder were among the vets who didn’t buy into the Hinch program. I remember when the Blue Jays had trouble with that one manager who lied about his resume (including being in the military) and the players completely lost their faith in him.

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