Former Arizona third base coach Chip Hale was hired Monday to replace Kirk Gibson as the Diamondbacks manager.
The 49-year-old managed in Arizona's minor league system for six seasons and was with the Diamondbacks from 2007-09 in the first of eight consecutive seasons as a big league third base coach. He spent 2010-11 with the New York Mets and the last three seasons with Oakland under manager Bob Melvin.
The Diamondbacks have named Chip Hale as their next manager.
Hale, 49, emerged from a group of nine candidates to be the Diamondbacks' pick to replace Kirk Gibson, who was fired as manager last month with three games left in the season.
Chip Hale's managerial and coaching career
2000-01: Manager, Missoula Osprey (Rookie Advanced).
2002: Manager, El Paso Diablos (Double-A).
2003: Infield Coordinator, Diamondbacks.
2004-06: Manager, Tucson Sidewinders (Triple-A).
2007-09: Third Base/Infield Coach, Diamondbacks.
2010-11: Third Base/Infield Coach, New York Mets.
2012-14: Bench Coach, Oakland A's.
Hale, 49, has no MLB managerial experience, but he did manage Arizona's Triple-A affiliate for three seasons, so he is familiar with the organization. Most recently Hale had served as Bob Melvin's bench coach with the Athletics (2012-14) and Terry Collins' third base coach with the Mets (2010-11).
Prior to getting into coaching, Hale played seven years in the big leagues as a light-hitting utility player. He played for the Twins (1989-96) and Dodgers (1997). Hale went to the University of Arizona and still makes his home in Tucson.
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Literally hundreds of reports on this..... I think I'll stop there.
Sadly, a lot of articles like to keep pointing out that Kirk Gibson was fired 3 days before the end of the season. It's still a main point that most of these articles seem to be making. I think that says a lot about how poorly the FO has handled PR in the past.
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There’s also speculation current Diamondbacks pitching coach Mike Harkey could return as bullpen coach — Harkey was the Yankees bullpen coach coach from 2008-13 — with Tuck taking over as bench coach and Pena taking over as first base coach. (Tuck was Girardi’s bench coach with the Marlins in 2006.) The D’Backs just hired new GM Dave Stewart and fired manager Kirk Gibson, so other coaching staff changes are expected.
Today the obvious one is Brandon Drury, who had the only extra base hit of the night. Unfortunately for Osuna, it left the yard. Something Drury did quite a bit of in 2014 with 23 long balls across two levels. Part of the Justin Upton trade, Drury has excelled in Diamondbacks system, doubling his walk rate from his Atlanta days while also putting up career highs in ISO.