Yesterday, the Arizona Diamondbacks named Chip Hale their new manager. Hale signed a two-year deal worth an undisclosed sum. He succeeds Kirk Gibson who was fired during the final weekend of the regular season. At 64-98, the D’Backs had the worst record in MLB. And yes, these are the same D’Backs I picked to win the World Series this year.
Hale is a familiar name to D’Backs fans. He managed in their minor league system from 2000 to 2006 before joining the big league club as a coach under Bob Melvin. He would later join the New York Mets coaching staff before reuniting with Melvin in Oakland in 2012.
How Hale does will in great part depend on what Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart give him. Of course, it will be interesting to see what La Russa and Stewart do during the rest of the off-season. Outside of Paul Goldschmidt, I’m not sure if anyone on that team is safe.