Chip Hale returns to the A's organization as third base and infield coach after spending the 2015 and 2016 seasons managing the Arizona Diamondbacks. The D-backs finished 69-93 last year after going 79-83 in Hale's first season as manager in 2015. Hale previously served as bench coach with the A's under Bob Melvin from 2012-14.
A San Jose, Calif. native who attended Campolindo High School in nearby Moraga, Hale previously worked under Melvin as third base and infield coach with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2007-09. During that stint, he played a prominent role on Arizona's 2007 club which posted a 90-72 record and captured the National League West Division championship. He also spent the first month of the 2006 season as third base coach for the Diamondbacks until Carlos Tosca recovered from a broken foot. Hale served as the New York Mets' third base and infield coach from 2010-11.
A former Major League player, William (Chip) Hale III enjoyed six seasons as a minor league manager in the Arizona organization before joining Melvin. He steered the Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders to the Pacific Coast League and Triple-A titles in 2006 with a franchise-best 91-53 mark. His 233 wins and .540 winning percentage as Tucson's manager from 2004-06 are also all-time franchise records.
In 2002, Hale managed El Paso (AA) to the Texas League championship with a 76-62 mark.
He also led Rookie-League Missoula to a 44-32 mark in 2000 and to the Northern Division's second-half championship in 2001. Hale was named the Pioneer League and Baseball America's Rookie-Level Manager of the Year in 2001.
Hale also served as an auxiliary coach with USA Baseball in Tucson in 1999, working with both the national team and the Intercontinental Cup teams.
Selected in the 17th round of the 1987 draft by Minnesota, Hale spent portions of seven seasons as a player in the big leagues with the Twins (1989-90, 1993-96) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (1997). He was a .277 lifetime hitter with seven home runs and 78 RBI in 333 games, playing five different positions as well as designated hitter, and registering a .289 (52-for-180) average as a pinch hitter.
While at the University of Arizona (1984-87), he started every game of his collegiate career in setting a record that would not be broken until 2001. Hale established school career marks for most hits and walks, and batted .345 for the 1986 Wildcat team that won the College World Series.
Hale and his wife, Judith, have three children-Jack, Edward and Sabrina. They live in Tucson, Ariz.