Chip Hale

Source: A's lose third base coach Chip Hale to Nationals


Source: A's lose third base coach Chip Hale to Nationals

The manager and coaching carousel around the major leagues is having a trickle-down effect on the A’s staff.

Chip Hale is leaving Oakland to become the bench coach for the Nationals under new Washington manager Dave Martinez, a source confirmed to It’s the second departure from Bob Melvin’s staff since the A’s announced a finalized group of coaches in mid-October. Bullpen coach Garvin Alston left Oct. 26 to take a promotion as the Minnesota Twins’ new pitching coach.

Hale was on his second stint with the A’s, sandwiched around a two-year run as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ manager. He was scheduled to shift from Oakland’s bench coach to third-base coach for the upcoming season, so the A’s will need to fill a hole for third-base coaching duties. They previously announced that Triple-A manager Ryan Christenson was being promoted to assume bench coach duties.

At the time the announcement of his staff was made, Melvin stressed that he didn’t consider Hale’s shift from bench coach as a demotion, saying he valued having someone experienced coaching third who was on the same page as him during games. But if Hale has aspirations to again be a big league manager, and he’s indicated all along that he does, taking another job as a bench coach could be the quicker route to making that happen again.

Hale also coached the A's infielders so the team will have to assign someone to fill the role.

So as free agency begins and the A’s consider which pieces they may want to add for their 25-man roster, they also have to find a new third base coach and bullpen coach.


Outfielder Mark Canha had an arthroscopic procedure to remove a cyst from his right wrist Tuesday at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles. He’s expected to be fully healed and ready by the start of spring training.

Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf joins A's in 2017 team commercials

Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf joins A's in 2017 team commercials

MESA, Ariz. — The A’s gave the media a sneak peek at their 2017 commercials, with all the spots shot in and around downtown Oakland.

It goes hand-in-hand with the A’s new “Rooted In Oakland” theme, and blends with the team’s effort to embrace the city that it plans to build its new ballpark in.

Among some of the highlights from the commercials that will be unveiled bit by bit over the course of the season:

—Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf envisioning A’s manager Bob Melvin taking over mayoral duties. Melvin signals for a left-hander while sitting in Schaaf’s chair and throws his hat down in disgust while arguing with a city official.

—Third base coach Chip Hale waving players through the turnstiles during “BART Training Camp.”

—Ryon Healy, Sonny Gray and Kendall Graveman giving mascot Stomper dating advice while visiting the Oakland Zoo.

This year's commercials can be viewed here.

In the past, the A’s made all of their commercials in Arizona shortly before spring training. Transferring the shoots to Oakland created some challenges but also came with a big payoff according to D.J. O’Neil, the creative director of Hub Strategy & Communication.

“It was really cool to see fans just wandering up to what was going on and talking to the players,” O’Neil said. “They’re really respectful, and the players were great with fans. It added a layer to it. Everything just felt warm.”

It also made for spontaneity. Some BART riders making their daily commute were surprised to find A’s players in full uniform on their train. One fan stepped off a train to find players forming a high-five tunnel for him. The fan went along with it perfectly, and O’Neil and the A’s got him to sign a release on the spot for him to be used in the commercial.

Jim Leahey, the A’s vice president of sales and marketing, and Travis LoDolce, their senior manager of marketing, also unveiled new billboard ads and light pole banners that will be displayed all around Oakland. One of the better ones — a Bart sign of A’s home run leader Khris Davis that boasts, “More Round Trips than the Oakland Airport.”

An 80-foot high A’s mural -- created by the local artists' group Illuminaries -- will get underway at the intersection of 19th Street and Webster by the end of the month.

With the Warriors planning a move to San Francisco, and the Raiders trying to leave for Las Vegas, Leahey acknowledged “the organization is in a good opportunity to get a lot of mindshare in Oakland and in the areas around Oakland.

“There’s a (long-)term plan, ‘Let’s announce a site we’re going to focus on and let’s build a ballpark for the fans.’ And there’s the short-term plan, which is, ‘Let’s create 2,500 projects in three months … and show the fans we’re really gonna do everything we can to make the experience good while we’re where we are.’”

Kelly needs another upset of Belichick to avoid tying 49ers' record

Kelly needs another upset of Belichick to avoid tying 49ers' record

SANTA CLARA – Chip Kelly lost only seven games in four seasons as Oregon head coach.

Last year, his Philadelphia Eagles had a three-game losing streak when his team went on the road to produce one of the big upsets of the NFL season, a 35-28 victory over the New England Patriots.

On Sunday, Kelly will require an even-more-unlikely happening against his old friend, Bill Belichick, to avoid matching the 49ers franchise record with a ninth consecutive loss.

Kelly and Belichick have a friendship that was forged more than a decade ago when Kelly was an assistant at New Hampshire. He would regularly visit Patriots training camp and practices as a guest.

“Chip’s a New England guy,” Belichick said this week on a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “We go back a ways.

“We had a good opportunity to exchange some ideas and thoughts about a lot of things. I think Chip has a lot of great ideas. We'd talk about his overall organization, whether it’s offensive system, practice schedule, training, so forth. Ee talk about a lot of those things and I’ve learned a lot from him.”

Said Kelly, “When you get a chance to watch arguably one of the best coaches in the history of the game coach on a daily basis, how organized he is, how detailed he is, how in tune he is to putting his players in position to make plays and just really how gracious and nice he is. I don’t know if the media always sees that side of him, but (he is) extremely outgoing, smart, personable.”

Kelly had something to offer Belichick, too. Kelly had installed an up-tempo attack at New Hampsire that he took to Oregon and the NFL. Belichick is among the NFL coaches to draw on facets of that approach. Kelly has also been on the cutting edge of implementing sports science, with particular emphasis on recovery.

Belichick said he has taken plenty in the give-and-take relationship the coaches have enjoyed through the years.

“Absolutely, he had some great ideas that we’ve incorporated on a number of different levels -- some X’s and O’s but I’d say less that and more other things involved in the program,” Belichick said.

A year ago, Kelly’s Eagles had the upper hand against the Patriots. The game would ultimately be the highlight of Kelly’s final season in Philadelphia. The Eagles overcame a 14-0 deficit with 35 consecutive points, including return touchdowns on a blocked punt, interception and punt. Kelly was fired three weeks later.

Belichick said the 49ers are running much of the same offense as the Eagles did a year ago. The only difference, of course, is the players running the offense are different. Colin Kaepernick on Sunday will make his fifth start since replacing Blaine Gabbert as the starter.

“They produced some explosive plays the last couple of weeks, and that helped their offense,” Belichick said. “They attack the whole field. They do a good job of getting the ball inside, outside, catch-and-run plays, downfield plays. You have to defend every yard of the turf.”

Kelly would become the only coach in 49ers history with nine consecutive losses. Bill Walsh (1980), Steve Mariucci (1999) and Mike Nolan (2007) were at the helm for eight-game losing streaks. During the 49ers’ franchise-worst nine-game skid in 1978, Pete McCulley was fired and replaced by Fred O’Connor after the streak reached four games.