The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Monday that they have hired Oakland A’s bench coach Chip Hale as their new manager.
Hale takes over for Kirk Gibson, who was fired with three games left in the 2014 season. The Diamondbacks finished the year with a 64-98 record, the worst in baseball.
“It was just the completeness of his background and the way he presented himself,” Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa said. “We were looking for a leader and a guy who loves baseball, and there wasn’t a box he didn’t have checked.”
Hale has held a variety of coaching roles, including managing in the Diamondbacks’ minor league system before becoming the team’s third-base coach, a role he also had with the New York Mets for two seasons before joining the A’s; but he has never managed at the major-league level.
The team also announced that they hired Hale above eight other candidates, including Sandy Alomar, Jr., Jay Bell, Tim Bogar, Andy Green, Joe McEwing, Phil Nevin, Jim Tracy and Turner Ward.