Tigers will consider A.J. Hinch, Alex Cora for managerial opening

Will Burchfield
October 02, 2020 - 8:53 am

Al Avila isn't ruling anyone out in the search for the Tigers' next manager. That includes the two biggest -- and most controversial -- names on the market.

Avila confirmed in an end-of-season press conference Friday that both A.J. Hinch and Alex Cora will be considered.

"I have them on my list," he said.

Hinch and Cora are nearing the end of their one-year suspensions from Major League Baseball for their involvement in recent sign-stealing scandals in Houston and Boston, respectively.

"Obviously the cheating scandal is not a good thing," Avila said. "They’re serving their suspensions and then they get to pursue their careers. We have not eliminated anyone from our list at this point."

Given their respective track records, Hinch and Cora will attract plenty of interest this winter.

Hinch, 46, led the Astros to three division championships, two AL pennants and the 2017 World Series title over five years in Houston. Cora, 44, led the Red Sox to the World Series title in 2018, toppling the Astros along the way. He managed for two years in Boston.

Whereas the Tigers hired former manager Ron Gardenhire to oversee the early stages of the rebuild, Avila said he expects the next skipper to take the club through the rest of the rebuild and eventually back to the playoffs.

"That’s always the case. I don’t look at trying to hire a guy for a year or two and then move on. You’re trying to hire the guy who you feel can take you as far as you can go," said Avila.

Hinch and Cora are two of several names on Avila's list, which also includes a slew of former Tigers. He said the team is considering anyone with either managerial or coaching experience.

"One thing you can eliminate is a guy that played and has no managerial or coaching experience and goes directly from a player to a major league manager," Avila said. "But everything else I would say is in play, and we’re going to select the best guy that we feel can lead the Detroit Tigers."

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