He looked into that, but apparently, it was misinformation.
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.
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
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