Arizona Diamondbacks name Chip Hale manager

AFP| Updated: Oct 14, 2014, 11:25 AM IST
Arizona Diamondbacks name Chip Hale manager

The Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday named Chip Hale as their new manager, replacing Kirk Gibson who was sacked shortly before the club completed its dismal 2014 Major League Baseball campaign.

Hale, a former Arizona third base coach, most recently served as the bench coach for Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin for three years.

"We`re going to set a culture here about winning, about having fun, about being competitive in the clubhouse, having pride," Hale said. 

"And that`s important for me to instill in us here and get us back to where we belong."

Gibson was fired with three games remaining in the 2014 season, in which the Diamondbacks finished with the worst record in baseball at 64-98.

"We wanted a guy with energy," Arizona general manager Dave Stewart said. 

"We wanted a guy that was optimistic and will energize our ballclub," he said, adding that they were also looking for someone who would "be a part of the culture moving forward in the Diamondbacks organization."

Hale, 49, played for the Twins and Dodgers from 1989-97 and was a .277 lifetime hitter in 333 games.