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A.J. Hinch Responds to Chris Fetter-Michigan Baseball Rumors

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Detroit Tigers manager A.J. Hinch has responded to the Chris Fetter-Michigan baseball rumors.
Detroit Tigers manager A.J. Hinch has responded to the Chris Fetter-Michigan baseball rumors. / Kirthmon F. Dozier / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Michigan Wolverines are in search of a new head baseball coach after long-time leader Erik Bakich departed for a job at Clemson. Chris Fetter of the Detroit Tigers organization has been linked as a potential option and manager A.J. Hinch addressed the rumors to reporters on Wednesday.

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Hinch was adamant that Fetter is happy with his current position as the Tigers' pitching coach. He also mentioned he has no understanding that there has been contact between the two sides. It's clear the Tigers want Fetter to stick around and help mold the team's young arms in the future.

“We love Fett. He’s very talented. He can do anything at this level, or certainly the college level. We have to do everything we can to keep him. He’s a big part of what we’re doing.”

A.J. Hinch on Chris Fetter

Fetter did spend four years as a Michigan assistant coach before joining Detroit in 2021, though. There's no denying that there's a connection between the 36-year-old and the university. Fetter also played college baseball for the Wolverines from 2006-2009 and posted a 28-10 record (3.11 ERA).

Keep in mind this wouldn't be the first time Detroit lost a member of the coaching staff to open positions at the collegiate level. Last summer, assistant hitting coach Jose Cruz Jr. was named the head coach at Rice University and third base coach Chip Hale became Arizona's head coach.

Hinch is hoping the Tigers can avoid making that pair of losses become a trio. For now, Detroit has odds set at +75000 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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