Fresh off a 2014 season that saw them finish with the worst record in baseball, the Arizona Diamondbacks have hired Chip Hale to replace Kirk Gibson as the team’s manager.
OFFICIAL: Chip Hale has been named the 7th manager in #Dbacks history.
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) October 13, 2014
While Hale has no MLB managerial experience, he has been seen as a top candidate to land a job over the past couple seasons. The former Oakland Athletics bench coach will come into a situation in which expectations have to be much higher than the 98-loss team that we saw this past regular season.
With Dave Stewart now in as general manager and Tony La Russa calling the shots from chiefs baseball officer position, the team was in need of new blood on the bench.
Outside of his experience in Oakland, Hale worked for Terry Collins with the New York Mets and managed Arizona’s Triple-A affiliate for three seasons.
He also played parts of seven seasons in the Majors, mostly with the Minnesota Twins.