He looked into that, but apparently, it was misinformation.
Source: #Rays' Dave Martinez out of running for #Astros' job. HOU search appears to be narrowing. Three other jobs open.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 29, 2014
However, not long after, it seemed like where there was smoke, there was indeed fire.
First, a presser was announced.
Astros to hold 530 pm press conference— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) September 29, 2014
Quickly afterwards, we learned that this was indeed about a new manager.
Astros to name new manager at 5:30 p.m. today at Minute Maid Park, source says— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) September 29, 2014
And no need to wait for the actual thing; we also quickly learned who the new manager was to be.
Source confirms A.J. Hinch hired by Astros— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) September 29, 2014
AJ Hinch to manage Astros: http://t.co/a5hB06xdok— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) September 29, 2014
And, like everything with this team it seems, how young he is.
AJ Hinch is 43 days older than Derek Jeter...— Daren Willman (@darenw) September 29, 2014
Initial reaction seemed positive.
Outstanding choice. He's the guy they needed two years ago. "@brianmctaggart: Astros to name A.J. Hinch as manager: http://t.co/JaH5TdjjVF"— keithlaw (@keithlaw) September 29, 2014
AJ Hinch fits the bill: playing, managing, and front office experience. Just what Astros wanted, someone to be the bridge.— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) September 29, 2014
Hinch was always the logical astros fit: numbers guy, stanford alum with big-league managing and gm (interim) experience— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) September 29, 2014
@Ken_Rosenthal @EvanDrellich Good hire. Great baseball mind.— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) September 29, 2014
Though not everyone was convinced.
Um, I thought the Astros wanted someone with more experience, but it appears that they're hiring another front office type.— Jayne Hansen (@JayneWTHB) September 29, 2014
This makes me sick. Can we get Bo Porter back? "@Ken_Rosenthal: Source: #Astros hire Hinch as manager. First reported: @EvanDrellich."— Kel Shannon (@kel_shannon19) September 29, 2014
@Gambo987 @Ken_Rosenthal Dear Astros fans, Depression hurts, cymbalta can help.— Jonathan Fugate (@Fudgy_4) September 29, 2014