A new name has emerged in the Phillies manager search
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports former Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale has interviewed for the Phillies manager position.
Hale currently works as the Oakland Athletics’ third base coach after two years with the Diamondbacks coaching Paul Goldschmidt. He nearly received the Mets job over Terry Collins a couple of years ago after serving as the third base coach.
In two years with the Diamondbacks Hale accrued a record of 148-176 but never finished better than third place. The quick plug came to a slight surprise considering Hale only got two years.
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Prior to coaching, Hale played seven seasons for the Twins and Dodgers, six of which came in Minnesota. His career culminated with a .277 batting average and 159 hits in 333 major league games.
Heyman’s report is the first to connect Hale to Philadelphia’s job, mixing him into a group of names including Mickey Callaway, Gary DiSarcina, and Tim Bogar. Mixed with those three outside candidates are third base coach Juan Samuel, Triple-A manager Dusty Wathan, and assistant coach/player development coach Jorge Velandia.
Hale doesn’t necessarily fit the mold general manager Matt Klentak laid out after firing Pete Mackanin. Lkentak has reportedly been looking for someone younger that’s open to utilizing analytics. Whether or not the Phillies see him as a serious manager candidate or a potential hitting coach.
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