Chip Hale, coach of the Tigers ’third base, leaves his position to accept a job as a leader at the University of Arizona, for an announcement from the school’s baseball department. Michael Lev of the Arizona Daily Star he tweeted On Monday morning there were “strong indications” Hale would be the new coach of the program.
This, quite notably, is the second time last month that the Tigers have lost a member of their major league staff to a college program. Assistant hitting coach Jose Cruz Jr. he accepted a job as a coach at Rice University returns June 9th.
Both 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 Tiger skipper after serving his suspension on the heels of the 2017 Astros scoring stint scandal. Before taking his place now with the Tigers, Hale was the bench coach for the 2019 National Series World Cup Champions. He also spent two years as manager of the Diamondbacks and served as 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 of the Gemini in the 1987 draft. He spent seven seasons in the majors (six with the Minnesota, one with the Dodgers) , serving as a utility infielder and beating .277 / .346 / .363 in 333 MLB games.
“I am very honored and excited to be the new baseball coach 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 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 l ‘Arizona and the Wildcat Family, we plan to make several trips to Omaha!’
The Tigers have yet to announce who will be their new third base coach after Hale’s departure.