PHOENIX (AP) - After firing Bob Melvin, the Arizona Diamondbacks have turned their fortunes over to a 34-year-old former catcher with no experience as a manager.
A.J. Hinch was introduced as Melvin's replacement as manager Friday at a news conference, where general manager Josh Byrnes acknowledged the hiring was "unconventional."
Hinch was in his fourth season as the Diamondbacks' director of player development. He becomes the youngest manager in the majors since Eric Wedge was hired by Cleveland in October of 2002.
Hinch gets a contract through 2012.
The Diamondbacks also promoted Mel Stottlemyre Jr. to pitching coach and Jack Howell as hitting coach. Arizona pitching coach Bryan Price resigned and hitting coach Rick Schu was fired.