NATIONALS PARK -- Nationals bench coach Chip Hale was coy Sunday at Nationals Winterfest when asked about a report that he would be interviewing for the Baltimore Orioles open managerial job.
“Let’s just put it this way, there’s 30 jobs and if you get the opportunity, it’s a blessing, so, with all the turnover this year, I have not interviewed yet,” Hale said. “I have a great job here. If you get the opportunity to talk to somebody and meet some new people, it’d be a great opportunity. That’s all I’ll say on that.”
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Sunday that Hale would be one of several candidates to interview with new Orioles general manager Mike Elias.
Hale has an extensive coaching resume, which includes a two-year stint as the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2015-16. He came to Washington before the 2018 season to provide a veteran bench coach for rookie manager Davey Martinez. Hale has been a Triple-A manager, third base coach at the major league level and bench coach in Oakland in addition to his Washington and Arizona stops. He also played seven seasons in the major leagues. Hale has hoped to manage again since being fired by Arizona following a 148-176 record across two seasons.
“In the right situation, with the right people,” Hale said. “I’m blessed here with Davey [Martinez] and [Mike Rizzo] and ownership here, they’ve done really good by me. Those opportunities, like I said, are tough to come by and are exciting. So, we’ll see.”
Hale, 54, mentioned the 2018 season as an opportunity to delve further into things he might not have if he was a manager.
He began to look at more analytics such as spin rate as opposed to having a chunk of his daily time taken up by press conferences.
“I could study a little more and get caught up, so that was a cool thing,” Hale said.
The Orioles are beginning the process of wading out of a dismal situation. They finished 47-115 last season in the powerhouse American League East, home of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox and always potent New York Yankees.
Elias was plucked from the Houston Astros’ front office to take over as general manager. Finding a new manager to replace Buck Showalter is among his long list of fixes in Baltimore.
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