A.J. Hinch Denies TMZ Report He Was in Bar Altercation After World Series Game 1

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 26, 2017

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch smiles during a practice session at Yankee Stadium for Game 3 of the American League Championship Series baseball game against the New York Yankees Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch denied a report from TMZ Sports that said an altercation between him and other bar patrons Tuesday led to the police being called.

"There was no altercation," Hinch said, per Scott Miller of Bleacher Report. "It's a shame I get asked about nonsense and fabrication and have to respond on a national stage."

TMZ reported the incident took place at the bar of the team's hotel in Pasadena, California, after Game 1 of the World Series, in which the Astros lost 3-1 to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The manager apparently "snapped" on fellow guests who were "talking trash." No arrests were made and no police report was filed, according to their report.

Police were reportedly brought in to keep the peace after Hinch was cursing and yelling in the bar before getting physical.

The Astros earned a 7-6 win over the Dodgers in 11 innings Wednesday, evening up the series 1-1.

Hinch, 43, is in his third year as Houston's manager and has produced a 271-215 record. He has already led the team to two playoff appearances as well as its second pennant in franchise history. Wednesday's victory represented the team's first-ever in a World Series game.

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The Astros are set to host the Dodgers in Game 3 Friday.