Houston Astros start interviewing managerial candidates

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A.J. Hinch, former vice president of scouting for the San Diego Padres

Hinch, 40, played eight seasons (1998 to 2004) in MLB with the A’s, Tigers, Royals, and Phillies. In 2005, he became the Manager of Operations for the Padres’ minor league system and was eventually hired to replace Bob Melvin as one of the youngest managers in MLB history. He was 89-123 and fired in 2010, but served as the Padres’ Vice President of Professional Scouting from 2010 to 2014.