Diamondbacks hire A’s bench coach Hale as new manager

PHOENIX — Chip Hale spent 10 seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization, the final three as the major-league third base coach. He also played at the University of Arizona and still lives in Tucson.

If ever there was a perfect fit for Hale's first job as a big-league manager, it was with the Diamondbacks, who gave him a two-year contract Monday to replace Kirk Gibson.

“This is the perfect job for me and my family, and that is important for me to be here,” said Hale, who had been the A's bench coach and is a Campolindo High School graduate.

Backsliding since winning the 2011 NL West title, the Diamondbacks underwent a major front-office overhaul this season.

Arizona hired retired Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa as chief baseball officer in May, asking him to assess the entire organization.

He fired general manager Kevin Towers in early September and replaced him with Dave Stewart, a four-time 20-game winner who pitched for La Russa while with the A's. The Diamondbacks also hired De Jon Watson from the Los Angeles Dodgers to serve as senior vice president of baseball operations.

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