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Why The Hinch Experiment Didn’t Work

By Scott Allen

When A.J. Hinch was fired this evening, it was only a matter of time, so not completely unexpected.  They only thing that came as a surprise is that it did seem to come out of nowhere on a day where the team was off and didn’t make any noise at all.  Maybe that should have been the warning sign.

Actually the warning signs started almost right away when he was hired in may 2009, replacing Bob Melvin.

  • He had no prior MLB managing experience
  • His name have never come up in chats or circles when discussion about Bob Melvin being replaced came up
  • He rarely showed emotion, on or off the field
  • He seemed to continuously make excuses for poor performance

After Monday’s 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals he said he felt the game had been “taken away” from them.  In all actuality, it was “given away” A.J.  C’mon, you knew the excuses had to stop.  it almost seemed at times as if he wasn’t watching the same game as we were.  He wasn’t aggressive on the base paths.  Poor in-game decisions.  He can’t be blamed for all the personnel he had to work with, but he certainly got to decide who made it out of spring training.  He certainly was in charge of managing this team.  You could sense he hadn’t lost complete control of the clubhouse, or I think he would have been gone much sooner and managing partner Ken Kendrick wouldn’t have given him a vote of confidence in May.