Houston Astros Hiring ESPN Star As New Manager?
Are the Houston Astros hiring an ESPN star as their new manager?
On Monday morning, analyst Eduardo Perez emerged as a potential candidate to fill the vacancy left behind by A.J. Hinch.
Hinch was fired by Houston last week after the revelation of a wide-ranging cheating scandal on his watch.
Although it is unclear what role he precisely had in the team’s signal-stealing operation, Hinch still had to fall on his sword over it.
Perez has been at ESPN since 2014. It is his second stint with the Worldwide Leader in Sports, having previously worked there from 2006 to 2011.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 20, 2020
The Astros are familiar with Perez, as he served as the team’s bench coach in 2013.
Prior to that, he served as the hitting coach of the Miami Marlins from 2011 to 2012. Before that Perez also managed in the Puerto Rican League and Puerto Rican Winter League.
Over the course of his 13-year career, Perez played in 754 outings from 1993 to 2000 and then 2002 to 2006.
Perez joins Dusty Baker, Buck Showalter and John Gibbons as people who Houston has reached out to regarding the coaching vacancy.
A final decision on the team’s next manager is expected at some point in the next few weeks.