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Chip Hale returns to the Nationals as bench coach for his second season after joining Dave Martinez's staff in 2018...He came to Washington after spending the 2017 season as third base coach of the Oakland Athletics...Hale brings managerial experience, as he led the Arizona Diamondbacks for two seasons (2015-2016), compiling a 148-176 (.457) record as a manager...From 2012-14, Hale served as bench coach on Bob Melvin's Oakland A's staff, and, prior to that, he spent two seasons (2010-11) as the New York Mets' third base coach...From 2007-09, Hale played a prominent role as third base coach and infield instructor for the Arizona Diamondbacks, including the club's 2007 National League West Division championship run...Prior to his Major League coaching roles, Hale spent six seasons as a manager in Arizona's Minor League system...He capped off his Minor League managing career by leading the Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders to the 2006 Pacific Coast League title and the Triple-A National Championship with a franchise-best 91-53 record...His 233 wins and .540 winning percentage as Tucson's manager from 2004-2006 stand as all-time franchise records...He led Double-A El Paso to the 2002 Texas League championship and he skippered the Rookie-League Missoula Osprey to the Pioneer League's Northern Division second-half championship in 2001...Following the 2001 season, he was named Baseball America's Rookie-Level Manager of the Year.

Hale played parts of seven Major League seasons for Minnesota (1989-96) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (1997)...He hit .277 with 27 doubles, one triple, seven homers, 78 RBI, 58 walks and 62 runs scored in 333 games...He appeared at second base (64 G), third base (59 G), first base (17 G), right field (4 G) and shortstop (1 G)...Hale was originally selected by Minnesota in the 17th round of the 1987 Draft.

Walter William (Chip) Hale III was born in San Jose, Calif. and graduated from Campolindo (CA) High School...He attended the University of Arizona where he started every game of his collegiate career, setting a record that would not be broken until 2001...Hale established school career marks for most hits and walks, and batted .345 for the 1986 Wildcat team that won the College World Series...He was co-captain of that squad...Hale and his wife, Judith, have three children: Jack, Edward and Sabrina.

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