The Arizona Diamondbacks will announce the hiring of Oakland Athletics bench coach Chip Hale as theirnew manager today. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirmed with a club source. Bob Nightengale of USA Today first reported the story.
Hale has no major league managing experience. However, he does have a history with the Diamondbacks. He managed the Reno Aces, the Dbacks Triple A affiliate for three seasons.
Hale played seven seasons in the big leagues as a utility player from 1989-1996 with the Twins and then in 1997 with the Dodgers. Hale makes his home in Tuscon.
This is the fourth significant change that Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa made since being hired. Last month he fired G.M. Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson after Arizona finished with 98 losses.
Arizona hired G.M. Dave Stewart a few weeks ago, and they also hired DeJon Watson as VP of Baseball Operations.
Update: The Diamondbacks officially confirmed the hiring of Hale at 8:56 am on twitter just after this article was published.
Hale will be introduced at a 2pm press conference that can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and dbacks.com.