Chip Hale

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Chip Hale
Chip Hale 2011.jpg
Arizona Diamondbacks
Infielder / Manager
Born: (1964-12-02) December 2, 1964 (age 49)
San Jose, California
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 27, 1989 for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
May 4, 1997 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Career statistics
Batting average .277
Home runs 7
Runs batted in 78
Teams

As player

As manager

As coach

Walter William "Chip" Hale (born December 2, 1964) is an American former Major League Baseball second baseman and third baseman and current manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He played college baseball at the University of Arizona.

Playing career[edit]

Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 17th round of the 1987 MLB amateur draft, Hale made his Major League Baseball debut with the Twins on August 27, 1989, and appeared in his final game October 2, 1997.

Chip Hale is associated with one of the most famous bloopers in baseball history.[1] On May 27, 1991, while playing for the Class AAA Portland Beavers, he hit a deep fly ball to right where outfielder Rodney McCray attempted to catch the ball and ran through the wall.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4][5]

In 2009, Hale was hired to be the third base coach for the New York Mets.[6] He was a candidate to become manager of the Mets after Jerry Manuel was fired at the end of the 2010 season,[7] however, the position went to Terry Collins.

On October 5, 2011, Hale signed a two-year deal to become Bench Coach of the Oakland Athletics [8] He was replaced by Tim Teufel.[9]

On May 29, 2013, Hale was ejected for the first time in his MLB playing or coaching career for arguing a spectator interference and runner placement call. Brian Knight was the ejecting umpire.[10]

The Arizona Diamondbacks hired Hale as their manager on October 13, 2014.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Video of ex-Met Rodney McCray's crash through Portland's Civic Stadium featured at Hall of Fame
  2. ^ Player who ran through fence will get bobblehead
  3. ^ Manager of Sidewinders
  4. ^ "Sidewinders Honored with Team of the Year Trophy". Tucson Sidewinders Baseball. Entertainment Magazine Online. 2007. Retrieved February 12, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Roster: Manager and Coaches". The Official Site of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona Diamondbacks. 2007. Retrieved February 12, 2007. 
  6. ^ Mets name Dave Jauss bench coach and Chip Hale third base coach
  7. ^ Martino, Andy (November 18, 2010). "Mets will decide on manager by Sunday or Monday". Daily News (New York). 
  8. ^ "#Athletics sign Chip Hale to a two-year deal as bench coach on Bob Melvin’s staff. He was the Mets’ 3B and infield coach the past two years"
  9. ^ Cerrone,Matthew (October 5, 2011). "Recap: Mets change coaching staff, Hale goes to A’s". MetsBlog.com. Retrieved January 30, 2012. 
  10. ^ "MLB Ejection 048: Brian Knight (2; Chip Hale)." Close Call Sports/Umpire Ejection Fantasy League. May 30, 2013.
  11. ^ D-backs tab Chip Hale as manager

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