With Hinch Fired, Showalter Favored To Be Next Astros Manager
The Houston Astros have had a tumultuous week. After getting caught stealing signs by Major League Baseball, general manager Jeff Luhnow and clubhouse manager A.J. Hinch were both suspended for the season. As a result of the embarrassment, owner Jim Crane fired both of them to clean the slate and move in a new direction.
While the ripple effects are still being felt from this bombshell discovery, the immediate result is the Astros have to hire a new manager. BetOnline has posted odds for the Houston Astros next manager and it’s Buck Showalter who is currently favored to land the job.
Showalter has a ton of experience as a manager as he’s previously been the bench boss of the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles. The three-time Manager of the Year has a reputation of taking teams who were stumbling and turning them into contenders. He took three of the four franchises to the playoffs and managed the Yankees and Diamondbacks the year before they won it all. That kind of experience could prove valuable here.
Venable is the youngest name on this list as he’s just 37 years old. Serving as the Chicago Cubs third-base coach, many view him as a future manager. Not only has he been a coach on the field (both third and first base), he was also the special assistant to Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein in 2017. That variety of experience could lead him to being the next Astros manager.
Espada is just 43 years old, which would make him one of the younger managers in baseball. He was A.J. Hinch’s bench coach over the last two seasons, so if the Astros want some continuity, Espada could make sense.
Espada also made the final list of names for the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants this offseason as they were looking to hire managers. Maybe the Astros give him the since they already know what he’s about.
The former Toronto Blue Jays manager actually had a winning record with the franchise (793-789) as he spent 11 years with the two over two stints. For the most part, he was generally maligned but he did lead the Blue Jays to the American League Championship Series in 2015-16. Gibbons is a Texan, living in nearby San Antonio, so it wouldn’t take him long to get familiar with the franchise.
Banister grew up in the Houston area and could see a homecoming of sorts if the Astros decide to call his name. He has a career record of 325-313, which came in his four seasons with the Texas Rangers. He actually won the American League West title in each of his first two seasons. While he was the AL Manager of the Year in 2015, he seemed to fade since then. He’s currently with the Pittsburgh Pirates (his second tour with them) after the Rangers canned him following the 2018 season.
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