|Oakland Athletics – No. 14|
December 2, 1964 |
San Jose, California
|Batted: Left||Threw: Right|
|August 27, 1989 for the Minnesota Twins|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 4, 1997 for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Runs batted in||78|
Walter William "Chip" Hale (born December 2, 1964, in San Jose, California) is an American former Major League Baseball second baseman and third baseman and current coach for the Oakland Athletics. He is an alumnus of the University of Arizona.
Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 17th round of the 1987 MLB amateur draft, Hale would make his Major League Baseball debut with the Twins on August 27, 1989, and appear in his final game on October 2, 1997.
Chip Hale is associated with one of the most memorable bloopers in baseball history. On May 27, 1991, while playing for the AAA-level Portland Beavers, he hit a deep fly ball to right where outfielder Rodney McCray attempted to catch the ball and ran through the wall.
For the 2006 Major League Baseball season, Hale served as a coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks under manager Bob Melvin. Before coaching in the majors, Hale was manager of the Diamondbacks' AAA affiliate, the Tucson Sidewinders for three seasons. Under Hale's leadership the minor league Sidewinders finished the regular season with a record of 91–53, a new franchise record; and Hale was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year.
In 2009, Hale was hired to be the third base coach for the New York Mets. He was a candidate to become manager of the Mets after Jerry Manuel was fired at the end of the 2010 season, however, the position went to Terry Collins.
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- "Roster: Manager and Coaches". The Official Site of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona Diamondbacks. 2007. Retrieved February 12, 2007.
- Mets name Dave Jauss bench coach and Chip Hale third base coach
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- "MLB Ejection 048: Brian Knight (2; Chip Hale)." Close Call Sports/Umpire Ejection Fantasy League. May 30, 2013.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Tucson Sidewinders official site
- Arizona Diamondbacks official site