HOUSTON, TX -- New Astros Manager A.J. Hinch will be inducted into the Stanford University Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, during which he and seven other inductees will be honored in a private ceremony. Additionally, Hinch and the other inductees will be introduced tonight at Stanford Stadium during halftime of the Cardinal's football game against Washington State (8 p.m. CT).
At Stanford, Hinch established himself as one of the best catchers in school history. A three-time All-American and All-Pac10 team selection, Hinch earned Pac10 Player of the Year honors twice. In 1996, Hinch led the Cardinal to the College World Series and was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the best collegiate player in the country.
Hinch still ranks among the top 10 all-time in seven statistical categories for Stanford, including games played (229, ninth), batting average (.351, seventh), hits (305, fourth), doubles (58, sixth), triples (15, fifth) and RBI (191, sixth). He led the Cardinal in hitting three times in four years, including an impressive .381 mark in 1996.
The now 40-year-old Hinch, who graduated from Stanford with a degree in psychology in 1996, was named Astros manager on September 29 of this year. He is the 18th manager in Astros/Colt .45s history.