Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday that the Oakland Athletics are hiring Chip Hale to be their third base coach. The rest of the coaching staff will return next season, as well.
Hale was fired by the Arizona Diamondbacks on October 3 after serving as their manager for two seasons. He went 148-176 at the helm with the D’Backs, but was dismissed on the heels of an incredibly disappointing 69-93 finish this past season. Many expected Arizona to contend for a playoff spot after a quietly-solid 2015 campaign, especially after a splashy offseason that saw them land the likes of Zack Greinke, Jean Segura and Shelby Miller.
Hale was the bench coach for the A’s from 2011 through 2014. Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington had served the same position for Oakland since August of 2014, but left to take the third base coaching job for the Atlanta Braves earlier this month. Washington had reportedly been a managerial candidate for the Braves, but was hired to the staff instead after the club decided to keep Brian Snitker in charge.
Hale was a coach on the Diamondbacks’ staff from 2006 until 2009 under current Athletics’ manager Bob Melvin. Melvin will be entering his sixth full season at the helm of the Athletics after taking over on an interim basis during the 2011 season. He has gone 462-447 overall and helped the A’s to three playoff appearances from 2012-2014. Oakland just finished in last place in the American League West for the second consecutive season, though, after posting a record of 69-93.
Hitting coach Darren Bush, pitching coach Curt Young, bench coach Mark Kotsay and first base coach Mike Aldrete will all be back with Oakland in 2017.