After the Washington Nationals disappointingly crashed out of yet anther postseason, the organization surprised many with the dismissal of their respected manager, Dusty Baker. His coaching staff was also shown the door, and the Nats have been steadily adding new staff since the end of the season.
According to a report by Ken Rosenthal, Washington has chosen Chip Hale as its new bench coach.
Hale is a veteran of the league, as he played 7 seasons in the infield for the Twins and Dodgers in the 1990s. Since the end of his playing days, he's coached in a variety of roles for the New York Mets (infield and third base coach), Arizona Diamondbacks (manager in the 2015-16 season) and most recently with the Oakland Athletics as their third base coach last season.
San Francisco Chronicle reporter Susan Slusser confirmed that Hale would be with the Nationals in 2018.
I’ve also confirmed Chip Hale has left A’s for the Nationals. Once A’s made Ryan Christenson bench coach over Hale, losing Hale inevitable.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) November 8, 2017
Hale will look to be a valuable addition to the Nationals coaching staff as they look to avoid yet another year of postseason disappointment.