Nationals Reportedly Hire Chip Hale As Martinez’s Bench Coach

The Nationals have reportedly hired Chip Hale to serve as Dave Martinez’s bench coach, according to Chelsea Janes of The Post.

Hale, 52, hails from Oakland, where he served as the Athletics’ third base coach for the 2017 season. From 2015 to 2016, Hale managed the Diamondbacks, to a 148-176 record (.457), and was fired after consecutive losing seasons.

Prior to managing, Hale served as Oakland’s bench coach for three seasons (2012-14). With his hiring, Martinez’s coaching staff is coming together. The first-time manager now has three roles filled on his staff: Kevin Long (hitting coach), Bob Henley (third base) and Hale.

The Nats have yet to fill the positions of pitching coach — vacated by Mike Maddux, who took the same role with the Cardinals — bullpen coach (previously held by Dan Firova), first base coach (Davey Lopes) and assistant hitting coach (Jacque Jones).

Nats GM Mike Rizzo expressed a desire to surround Martinez with an experienced staff, telling 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier last week that, while he didn’t want to rule out any inexperienced candidates, it would make sense to “put a guy next to him that has managed games and can whisper in his ear.”

Hale meets that qualification. The Nationals have not confirmed his hiring.

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