The Seattle Mariners have called back Oakland Athletics bench coach Chip Hale for a second interview regarding the team’s managerial vacancy.
According to CBSSports.com, Hale will meet with Mariners officials today in Seattle. He is the first known candidate to be called back for a second interview. Seattle officials have said they would like to have a manager in place by the end of this week.
Hale has been on Bob Melvin’s staff in Oakland for two seasons.
Other candidates who have reportedly interviewed with the Mariners include Detroit Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon, San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria, Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallace and San Francisco Giants bench coach Ron Wotus.
Hale has no managerial experience at the major league level, but was 405-317 in six years as a minor league skipper in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organization from 2000-02 and 2004-06. Hale will be 49 next month and has been a coach for the Diamondbacks and New York Mets before coming to the A’s.
He played at the University of Arizona and was a 17th-round draft pick by the Minnesota Twins in 1987. He played parts of six seasons with the Twins from 1989-90 and 1993-96 and appeared in 14 games with the Dodgers in 1997. A utility player in the majors, Hale hit .277/.346/.363 in 652 plate appearances with seven homers and 78 RBI. He primarily played second and third base.