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Mariners interview A’s bench coach Chip Hale

Oct 23, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

Bob Melvin, Chip Hale AP

Seattle might be looking to poach a new manager from a division rival, as Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Mariners are interviewing A’s bench coach Chip Hale today as a potential replacement for Eric Wedge.

Hale has coached on Bob Melvin’s staffs in both Arizona and Oakland, and also managed at Triple-A for the Diamondbacks. He’s been a candidate for a few jobs in recent years, including the Mets before they chose Terry Collins.

  1. thisdamnbox - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Don’t do it, Chip! Bad ownership, powerless lame duck GM, a train-wreck of a team…Wait it out for another gig! Just ask “BoMel”! (Gawd those FirLas nicknames suck…)

  2. dhalb34 - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Chip deserves a shot somewhere. Great coach. But I agree with the comment above, the Mariners are a train wreck. What is their direction as a ball club? Depending on what the Stros spend on Free Agents this off season, the Mariners could very well be the worst team in the AL West.

  3. mrstpaul - Oct 23, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Good luck to Chip. Be nice for him to remembered for something other than hitting the home run that Rodney McCray went through a fence chasing after.

  4. billybawl - Oct 23, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Hale should talk to Don Wakamatsu before he jumps from the A’s to the M’s to work for Zdurienck. Hopefully for him, this is just resume building until he gets on the short list for other opportunities.

    • nworca - Oct 23, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      Wakamatsu was one crap manager. We took to calling him WakeHimUpSoon for his completely detached way of managing a game.

  5. denny65 - Oct 24, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Stay. Away.

    Everyone and anyone. With Jack Z. at the controls the train wreck that is the Mariners is only a question of when. Becoming manager of the 3:14 to Doomsville is not a good career move for anyone.

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