PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) have named Chip Hale as the team's seventh manager, as announced by D-backs Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa.
D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall, Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa, Senior Vice President & General Manager Dave Stewart, Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations De Jon Watson and Hale will be available to the media at a news conference at Chase Field today at 2:00 p.m.
Hale, 49, has 28 years of professional baseball experience comprised of 16 seasons in a managerial/coaching capacity. He enjoyed a 12-year playing career highlighted by 7 seasons in the Majors.
Hale spent 10 seasons in the D-backs organization from 2000-09, including the final 3 seasons as the D-backs Third Base & Infield Coach from 2007-09 under Bob Melvin. For the opening month of the 2006 season, he filled in as Third Base Coach for Carlos Tosca, who was sidelined by a broken bone in his foot.
In his 8 seasons as a Major League coach, his teams won 3 division titles (NL West with D-backs in 2007 and AL West with A's in 2012-13) and earned a Wild Card berth (2014). Following his first stint with the D-backs, he went on to serve as the New York Mets' Third Base & Infield Coach in 2010-11 and the Oakland A's Bench Coach from 2012-14, where he was reunited with Melvin.
Hale managed a trio of D-backs affiliates over 6 seasons and owned a combined .562 winning percentage (392-305) with Rookie Advanced Missoula Osprey (2000-01), Double-A El Paso Diablos (2002) and the Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders (2004-06). His 2006 Sidewinders won the Triple-A and Pacific Coast League championships after compiling a franchise-record 92-53 regular-season record and a 7-1 postseason mark, leading to PCL Manager of the Year honors. In 2002, he led the Diablos to a league-best 76-62 record. While with the Osprey, he was named the 2001 Pioneer League and Baseball America Rookie-Level Manager of the Year after his team won the Northern Division's second-half championship. His 2000 club boasted the league's best overall record at 44-32.
Over parts of 7 seasons with the Minnesota Twins (1989-90, 1993-96) and Los Angeles Dodgers (1997), Hale hit .277 (159-for-575) with 27 doubles, 1 triple, 7 homers and 78 RBI in 333 career games. He saw action at first base, second base, third base, shortstop and right field as well as designated hitter. He also posted a career .277 average in 10 minor league seasons and won the 1987 Midwest League batting title, hitting .345 for Single-A Kenosha.
Following his playing career, he spent 1999 with USA Baseball in Tucson as an auxiliary coach for the US National Team and the US Intercontinental Cup teams.
The Tucson resident played collegiately at the University of Arizona from 1984-87 and helped lead the Wildcats to the 1986 NCAA College World Series. He set Arizona records for career hits and walks as well as started every game of his collegiate career, a record he owned until 2001.