The Top 100 coaches most likely to become MLB managers

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants looks on from the dugout before his last game as Giants manager, the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on September 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants looks on from the dugout before his last game as Giants manager, the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on September 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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Chip Hale, Detroit Tigers, MLB coaching staffs, MLB managers
Jun 11, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder Nomar Mazara (right) celebrates his home run with third base coach Chip Hale (18) during the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports /

21) Chip Hale

Chip Hale is currently the head baseball coach at Arizona State University but he could be an MLB managerial candidate.

Hale (who isn’t related to the aforementioned DeMarlo Hale) was a player who spent parts of seven seasons in the majors as a backup infielder until he retired after the 1998 season.

Hale, 57, joined the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2000 as a minor league manager, managing two seasons at Rookie-ball and a season at Double-A before becoming a roving minor league coach for the D-Backs in 2003. He returned to managing for the D-Backs in the minors in 2004 as he managed their Triple-A team for three seasons before he got promoted to the D-Backs MLB coaching staff.

Hale coached under Bob Melvin with the D-Backs in 2007 through 2009 as third base coach, serving under managers Bob Melvin and A.J. Hinch. After the 2009 season, he joined the New York Mets as their third base coach and he was in that capacity in 2010 and 2011.

He rejoined Melvin in Oakland as his bench coach from 2012 through 2014 before Hale got his own managerial gig back with the D-Backs. They fired him after the 2016 season and in 2017, he rejoined Melvin in Oakland.

He was with Oakland as third base coach through mid-June of 2017 until a few coaching changes and shuffling moved him to bench coach under Melvin.

He left the A’s to join the Nationals from 2018 through 2020 as bench coach (2018-19) and third base coach (2020). He was with Detroit as their third base coach to start the 2021 season, under his former manager A.J. Hinch, before he resigned to become the head coach at ASU in July.