The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today that they’ve hired Chip Hale as their new manager, replacing Kirk Gibson.
Hale was a minor-league manager in the Diamondbacks organization for six seasons before serving as third-base coach for the big-league team from 2007 to 2009. He was the third-base coach for the New York Mets in 2010-11 before serving as Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin’s bench coach the past three seasons.
He played parts of seven seasons in the major leagues, mostly for the Minnesota Twins. His professional playing career began in 1987 as a second baseman for the Midwest League’s Kenosha Twins; he batted .345 with 7 HR and 65 RBI in 87 games. His MWL manager was Don Leppert, who was succeeded by Ron Gardenhire the following year.
Hale’s hiring is the latest move by the Diamondbacks, who have been undergoing a managerial overhaul overseen by Arizona’s chief baseball officer, Tony La Russa. Late last month, the Diamondbacks hired Dave Stewart as senior vice president and general manager and De Jon Watson as senior vice president of baseball operations. Both Stewart and Watson also played in the Midwest League, which you can read about here.