Giants series a homecoming for Bay Area-native Hale

Giants series a homecoming for Bay Area-native Hale

SAN FRANCISCO -- The series with the Giants is a homecoming for D-backs manager Chip Hale, who grew up in the Bay Area and also spent the previous three seasons as bench coach for the A's.

"Every time I come to this ballpark or play against the Giants or the A's, it's a warm spot for me," Hale said. "I've got a lot of family and friends here, people that are the reason I'm here. I wouldn't be here without all the coaching I had throughout my youth."

Don Miller, who coached Hale at Campolindo High School and in American Legion ball, was in the dugout and on the field while the D-backs took batting practice.

"He was just born to coach," Miller said of Hale.

Miller said that when Hale was a freshman and his team won a semifinal game, the coaches prepared to go scout the other semifinal game.

"And he says, 'Hey coach, could I come with you guys?'" Miller said. "So here's a 15-year-old, 14-year-old kid wanting to go watch the other team and hang out with the coaches and see what we were doing. You just knew. It's in his blood."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.