San Diego, CA- The San Diego Padres this morning announced that Vice President and Assistant General Manager A.J. Hinch is leaving the organization. Hinch was the lead man for the Padres interim general manager trio of Fred Uhlman Jr, Omar Minaya and A.J Hinch.
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In the press release Padres Owner Ron Fowler thanked A.J Hinch for services to the team the past few seasons.
"“I want to thank A.J. for his hard work and commitment to the Padres over the past four years,” said Fowler. “He has represented the organization well, and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.” -Ron Fowler"
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The departure of A.J. Hinch likely means that the Padres are close to announcing the teams new GM and in the press release Hinch expressed his appreciation for his time with the Padres.
"“During my time in San Diego, I dedicated myself to do everything I could to help this team win, in the short-term and for the long-term. These last several weeks were no exception,” said Hinch. “I think the organization is ready for a transition and I’ve made a decision and told Ron Fowler and Mike Dee that now is the right time for me to move on. I’m proud to have always operated in the best interest of the organization and to have established long lasting relationships with people who work on and off the field in San Diego. I wish the Padres and the new GM well in the future and look forward to the next chapter of my baseball career.” – A.J. Hinch"
With the departure of A.J Hinch the Padres lose another solid baseball mind. Hinch did an admirable job leading the Padres through the trade deadline and was always great to the fans and the media. Don’t expect to see Hinch unemployed for long, as he will likely catch on with another team as an assistant general manager or even return to the dugout as a manager once again.