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HOUSTON (AP) — That new contract A.J. Hinch (liny195)
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The group sat toward the back of the room and Hinch made sure to thank them.“I wouldn’t be here and I certainly wouldn’t be getting this opportunity if it wasn’t for you,” Hinch said. “This game is about players it will always be about players and to be your manager is by far the best job I’ve ever had in baseball.”The 44-year-old Hinch guided Houston to its first crown last season. He took over in 2015 and has led the Astros to a regular-season record of 353-266 and two playoff appearances.“To be the manager of the Houston Astros means the world to me and it has since the day Jeff and Jim hired me to be here,” Hinch said. “That goes to the business ops people Dwight Gooden Jersey (www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-dwight-gooden-jersey) , baseball ops people, the people behind the scenes, the clubhouse personnel, the training staff and ultimately the players I am fortunate enough to lead.”“Who wouldn’t sign up to be the manager of the Houston Astros?” he said.The Astros led the AL West by 2 1/2 games over Oakland going into Thursday night’s home game against the Angels.“I’m not going to let these two down,” Hinch said, referring to Luhnow and Astros owner Jim Crane.The former major league catcher previously managed the Arizona Diamondbacks.Luhnow says Hinch “is aligned with the vision of our front office, has made a great connection with our players, and has earned the respect of everyone in the clubhouse.”Said Bregman: “He believes in his players and he trusts his players. Those are two things that are really the most important.” As Cincinnati Reds pitcher Matt Harvey heads into free agency this offseason, he is keeping his options open.Well www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey (www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-jeremy-jeffress-jersey) , most of his options."There's only one team out there I would not sign with," Harvey said Tuesday, per MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. "That's about it."Harvey, of course, is alluding to the New York Mets.After New York took him with the seventh overall pick in 2010, he quickly became viewed as a future ace. The Dark Knight debuted in 2012, posting a sub-3.00 ERA in each of his first two-plus seasons. In his first full season in 2013, he made the All-Star team and finished fourth in National League Cy Young voting.Harvey also helped the Mets reach the 2015 World Series. That run will always be remembered for the right-hander lobbying his way into staying in Game 5 after throwing eight dominant innings:That decision backfired, as he couldn't close things out in the ninth. The Kansas City Royals went on to win in extra innings to capture their first World Series title since 1985.Neither Harvey nor the Mets have been the same since.Injuries took their toll on Harvey through the years (and the Mets in general) Jesus Aguilar Jersey (www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-jesus-aguilar-jersey) , and he has not posted an ERA below 4.86 since 2015. He wasdesignated for assignmentin May before being traded to Cincinnati.He showed glimpses of his old form with the Reds, although the overall numbers may not show it: 7-7, 4.50 ERA in 24 starts, 111 strikeouts in 128 innings.As his name came up in trade rumors during the summer, Harveylet it be knownhe wanted to remain in Cincinnati. He said the same recently."[The Reds] brought me here, and they gave me the ball every fifth day," he said. "So it was something I'm very happy about and taking into consideration, and we'll see what happens moving forward."Before Harvey was dealt to Cincinnati, there were questions about his clubhouse presence and off-field behavior. Neither proved to be an issue with the Reds www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey (www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-ryan-braun-jersey) , leaving the pitching-needy organization possibly interested in a reunion."We definitely will stack Matt up against the available options," President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams said Tuesday. "The fact that he's been here and we've seen how he interacts with our coaches and our players will certainly work in his favor."Everybody's been favorably impressed. And we know that pitching is a priority going forward. All our pro scouting staff is in town, and we are currently discussing every free-agent player, starting with pitching. We'll also be talking about trade targets. There's a lot of possibilities."Harvey, 29, was once expected to earn a major payday when he hit free agency. That won't happen now.
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