HOUSTON – Astros manager A.J. Hinch guided the team to their first World Series championship in franchise history, and on Wednesday he was named manager of the year by Baseball America.
This is the second postseason honor for Hinch, who earned the Esurance MLB Award as Major League Baseball’s best manager.
The Astros 101 regular season wins marked the third-highest win total in the majors and the second-highest in franchise history.
In his three seasons on the job, Hinch has posted a 271-215 regular season record, two playoff appearances and a 14-9 postseason record, with those 14 wins representing the most by an Astros manager in postseason history.
Hinch also finished third in the voting for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s, American League Manager of the Year award — his second time to be a finalist for that honor.
Hinch becomes just the second manager in franchise history to win the Baseball America Manager of the Year award, joining Larry Dierker, who, in 1998, won the award in the first year that it was first presented.