Chip Hale

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Chip Hale
Chip Hale 2011.jpg
Hale with the New York Mets
Detroit Tigers
Infielder / Manager / Coach
Born: (1964-12-02) December 2, 1964 (age 56)
San Jose, California
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 27, 1989, for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
May 4, 1997, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
Batting average.277
Home runs7
Runs batted in78
Managerial record148–176
Winning %.457
As player
As manager
As coach
Career highlights and awards

Walter William "Chip" Hale (born December 2, 1964) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) second baseman and third baseman, and current third base coach for the Detroit Tigers. He played for the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers.[1] He also managed the Arizona Diamondbacks[2] and was bench coach for the Washington Nationals.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Born in San Jose, California, Hale played baseball for Campolindo High School in Moraga, California, and the University of Arizona.[4] In 1984 and 1985, he played collegiate summer baseball for the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[5]

Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 17th round (425th overall) of the 1987 MLB amateur draft,[1] Hale made his major league debut with the Twins in 1989, and played in parts of six seasons with the team. He signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a free agent prior to the 1997 season, and appeared in 14 games for the Dodgers, in what would be his final major league season.[1]

Hale is associated with one of the most famous bloopers in baseball history.[6] On May 27, 1991, while playing for the Class AAA Portland Beavers, Hale hit a deep fly ball to right field where Vancouver Canadians outfielder Rodney McCray ran through the outfield wall attempting to catch the ball.[7]

Coaching career[edit]


For the 2006 Major League Baseball season, Hale served as a coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks under manager Bob Melvin.[3] Before coaching in the majors, Hale was manager of the Diamondbacks' AAA affiliate, the Tucson Sidewinders for three seasons.[8][4][9] Under Hale's leadership the minor league Sidewinders finished the regular season with a record of 91–53, a new franchise record; and Hale was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year.[10][11][4]

In 2009, Hale was hired as the third base coach for the New York Mets.[12][3] He was a candidate to become manager of the Mets after Jerry Manuel was fired at the end of the 2010 season;[13] however, the position went to Terry Collins.

On October 5, 2011, Hale signed a two-year deal to become bench coach of the Oakland Athletics.[14][3] On the same day, the Mets announced that Hale would not be returning to the league club for the 2012 season and would be replaced by Tim Teufel.[15]

On May 29, 2013, Hale was ejected for the first time in his MLB playing or coaching career for arguing a spectator interference and runner placement call. Brian Knight was the ejecting umpire.[3][16]

Hale then went back to the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 2015 and 2016 seasons as the club's manager, compiling a 148–176 record.[17][3] He was fired from the managerial position on October 3, 2016.[18]

Hale was re-hired by the Oakland Athletics on October 18, 2016, this time as the team's third-base coach.[19][3]

Then, in November 2017, the Washington Nationals hired Hale as their bench coach.[20][3] On October 29, 2019, in Game 6 of the World Series, he became the acting manager for the Nationals after Dave Martinez was ejected in the 7th inning. Hale and the Nationals maintained their lead, garnering a 7-2 win to force a Game 7, thus paving the way to winning the franchise’s first World Championship, the following night.[21]

On November 7, 2020, Hale was named the third base coach for the Detroit Tigers.[22][23]

Managerial record[edit]

As of games played 2019.[2]
Team Year Regular season Postseason
Games Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
ARZ 2015 162 79 83 .488 3rd in NL West
ARZ 2016 162 69 93 .426 4th in NL West
Total 324 148 176 .457 0 0 .000


  1. ^ a b c "Chip Hale Stats". Sports Reference LLC. 2019. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Chip Hale Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. 2019. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Chip Hale". Retrosheet. 2019. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Chip Hale". The Baseball Cube. 2019. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  5. ^ "D-backs tab former Orleans infielder Hale as manager". Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  6. ^ Video of ex-Met Rodney McCray's crash through Portland's Civic Stadium featured at Hall of Fame
  7. ^ Player who ran through fence will get bobblehead
  8. ^ Manager of Sidewinders
  9. ^ "Chip Hale Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Sports Reference LLC. 2019. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  10. ^ "Sidewinders Honored with Team of the Year Trophy". Tucson Sidewinders. January 18, 2007. Retrieved February 12, 2007.
  11. ^ "D-Backs Manager and Coaches". Arizona Diamondbacks. 2007. Retrieved February 12, 2007.
  12. ^ Mets name Dave Jauss bench coach and Chip Hale third base coach
  13. ^ Martino, Andy (November 18, 2010). "Mets will decide on manager by Sunday or Monday". New York: New York Daily News. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  14. ^ "#Athletics sign Chip Hale to a two-year deal as bench coach on Bob Melvin’s staff. He was the Mets’ 3B and infield coach the past two years"
  15. ^ Cerrone, Matthew (October 5, 2011). "Recap: Mets change coaching staff, Hale goes to A's". Archived from the original on January 16, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
  16. ^ "MLB Ejection 048: Brian Knight (2; Chip Hale)." Close Call Sports/Umpire Ejection Fantasy League. May 30, 2013.
  17. ^
  18. ^ "Diamondbacks fire GM Dave Stewart, manager Chip Hale". Phoenix, Arizona: Sportsnet. Associated Press. October 3, 2016. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  19. ^ Hickey, John (October 18, 2016). "A's hire ex-Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale as third base coach". The Mercury News. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  20. ^ Janes, Chelsea (November 8, 2017). "Nationals hire former manager Chip Hale as bench coach". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  21. ^ Svrluga, Barry (October 30, 2019). "WORLD SERIES CHAMPS". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  22. ^ Petzold, Evan (November 7, 2020). "Detroit Tigers hire three coaches: George Lombard, Scott Coolbaugh, Chip Hale". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  23. ^ Beck, Jason (November 7, 2020). "Tigers add bench, hitting, 3B coaches". Retrieved November 7, 2020.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Joe Almaraz
Missoula Osprey manager
Succeeded by
Jack Howell
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Al Pedrique
El Paso Diablos manager
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Scott Coolbaugh
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Al Pedrique
Tucson Sidewinders manager
Succeeded by
Bill Plummer
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Carlos Tosca
Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach
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Joel Youngblood
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Razor Shines
New York Mets third base coach
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Tim Teufel
Preceded by
Joel Skinner
Oakland Athletics bench coach
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Mike Aldrete
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Ron Washington
Oakland Athletics third base coach
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Matt Williams
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Chris Speier
Washington Nationals bench coach
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Tim Bogar
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Ramón Santiago
Detroit Tigers third base coach
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