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Sport Astros owner Crane expects to hire new manager by Feb. 3

04:00  18 january  2020
04:00  18 january  2020 Source:   ap.org

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After firing suspended manager A.J. Hinch on Monday, the Astros suddenly find themselves in the unenviable position of trying to find a new skipper just weeks before Along with trying to find a new manager , the Astros and owner Jim Crane will have to land a GM to succeed the ousted Jeff Luhnow.

Astros owner Jim Crane will be looking for a steady manager who can both guide the players and put a trustworthy face on the organization as it navigates choppy waters. It’s a tough and somewhat unusual gig, at least at the outset, but you can bet there’ll be no shortage of interest.

Jim Crane sitting at a table: Houston Astros owner Jim Crane speaks at a news conference in Houston, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.  Crane opened the news conference by saying manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired for the team's sign-stealing during its run to the 2017 World Series title. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)© APWF Houston Astros owner Jim Crane speaks at a news conference in Houston, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Crane opened the news conference by saying manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired for the team's sign-stealing during its run to the 2017 World Series title. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)

HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston Astros owner Jim Crane expects to hire a new manager by Feb. 3.

The Astros need a new manager and general manager after AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow were fired Monday, hours after both were suspended by Major League Baseball for a year for the team's sign-stealing scandal.

Crane said Friday that he's interviewed a number of candidates this week and has some more to talk to in the coming days.

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Cora, the Boston Red Sox manager , helped design the Astros ’ cheating operation in 2017, when he was their bench coach. Now M.L.B. is turning its attention to his role in the scheme. Shortly after M.L.B. announced the suspensions on Monday, the Astros owner Jim Crane fired Hinch and Luhnow.

First the Astros must hire a manager and general manager who will try and continue the success that the Even with all the chaos surrounding the team, the Astros are expected to be favorites to win the AL West Though Crane will work quickly to hire a manager , he said that he won’t rush just to have

Crane refused to answer directly when asked if former Astros player and Hall of Famer Craig Biggio was a possibility for the job. But he did say that he had spoken to Biggio, fellow Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell and former Astros star Lance Berkman in the days since the firings.

“We've talked to all of our Killer B's,” Crane said referring to the nickname the three shared while playing for the Astros. “They've contacted me and they've all expressed that they would like to help. Berkman, Bagwell, Biggio have all called and said: ‘hey, if there’s anything I can do, I'm here for you.'"

“So we'll continue to visit with those guys and see if there's something there.”

Crane says his list is still rather extensive and that he hopes to have it narrowed down by the end of next week. He added that he expects most of Hinch's staff to stay in place regardless of who is hired.

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Carlos Beltran was introduced as the Mets’ new manager in November.Credit Rich Schultz/Getty Images. Cora was let go by the Red Sox on Tuesday night, one day after the Astros owner Jim Crane 1 to be their next manager . Even though the investigation found that Beltran was intimately

M.L.B. also suspended Astros ’ Manager A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow, their general manager , for allowing the scheme to happen under their watch. That left a loophole for Beltran: He committed the infractions on another team and was not punished, so he is technically free to manage .

Crane has enlisted the help of three or four employees to help him with the interview process, including some in Houston's baseball operations department.

“We compare notes,” he said. “I've learned a long time ago that you learn a lot if four or five people talk to a key candidate and you get a lot more information. So that's what we're doing.”

Crane' top priority is finding a manager with spring training less than a month away, but he said he would start focusing on the search for a general manager after he hires a manager. He expects to hire a GM before the end of spring training.

“We should have another good season with the team pretty much intact ... so I don't know why a manager wouldn't want to come in and manage these guys," he said. “They're set to win again."

The penalties announced by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday came after he found illicit use of electronics to steal signs in Houston’s run to the 2017 World Series championship and again in the 2018 season. The Astros were also fined $5 million, which is the maximum allowed under the Major League Constitution, and must forfeit their next two first- and second-round amateur draft picks.

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First the Astros must hire a manager and general manager who will try and continue the success that the previous regime built. Crane indicated on Monday that he could also promote someone from within to replace Luhnow. If he does that, a top candidate would be Pete Putila, who was promoted to

As part of those penalties, Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Red Sox owner John Henry, chairman Thomas Werner, president Sam Kennedy and newly appointed general manager He also added that he "fully expects " to consider internal candidates for the managerial opening.

The investigation found that the Astros used the video feed from a center field camera to see and decode the opposing catcher’s signs. Players banged on a trash can to signal to batters what was coming, believing it would improve the batter's odds of getting a hit.

With much still in flux, Crane was asked what qualities are most important to him in his next manager.

“Someone mature that can handle the group,” he said. “Someone that's had a little bit of experience in some areas. We've just got to find a leader that can handle some pressure and there's going to be a little bit of pressure from where this team has been in the last few months.”

Despite his comment about experience, Crane said having been a major league manager before is not mandatory to him.

“We made some mistakes,” he said. “We made a decision to let that get behind us. We think the future is bright. We'll make the adjustments ... people think we're in crisis. I certainly don't believe that.”

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