Chip Hale leaves Tigers to become Arizona head coach – .

Chip Hale leaves Tigers to become Arizona head coach – .

Tigers third base coach Chip Hale is stepping down to accept a head coach position at the University of Arizona, according to an announcement from the school’s baseball department. Michael Lev of the Arizona Daily Star tweeted this morning that there were “strong indications” that Hale would be the new head coach of the program.
This, remarkably enough, is the second time in the past month that the Tigers have lost a Major League staff member to a college program. Assistant hitting coach Jose Cruz Jr. accepted a head coach position at Rice University on June 9.

Hale and Cruz were in their first season as members of AJ Hinch’s coaching staff in Detroit. Hinch, of course, is also in his first year as a Tigers skipper after serving his suspension in the wake of the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal in 2017. Prior to his former role with the Tigers, Hale was the bench coach for the 2019 World Series nationals. He also spent two years as a D-back manager and was a bench coach and / or third base coach with the D-backs, Mets and Athletics.

Hale, 56, played his college ball in Arizona and was a 17th round selection for the Twins in the 1987 draft. He spent a game of seven seasons with the Majors (six with Minnesota, one with the Dodgers), serving as a utility infielder and hitting 0.277 / 0.346 / 0.363 in 333 MLB games.

“I am very honored and thrilled to be the new head coach of baseball at the University of Arizona,” Hale said in a statement released by the Wildcats. “We will work tirelessly to build on the success that has been established here and will continue to train and develop our Wildcats to be champions on the field and in the classroom. With the help and support of the University of Arizona and the Wildcat Family, we plan to take many trips to Omaha!

The Tigers have yet to announce who will take over as the new third base coach following Hale’s departure.


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