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Report: A.J. Hinch Emerges as Favorite to Become Detroit Tigers Manager

Former Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch is the favorite to become the next manager of the Detroit Tigers, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. A final decision is is expected soon, as Detroit is making "decisive progress" toward finalizing a deal.

Hinch managed the Astros from 2015-19, leading the franchise to a World Series title in 2017. He was fired in January and handed a one-year suspension by Major League Baseball for his role in Houston's 2017-18 sign-stealing scandal.

Hinch did not devise the scandal, yet he was punished for his role in allowing it to happen.