MESA, Ariz. (AP) The day in early October when Chip Hale lost his job as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, he called his good friend Bob Melvin. Just to talk.
The two go back many years in baseball - Hale was Melvin's third base coach in Arizona from 2007-09 and bench coach in Oakland from 2012-14 - and Hale considers Melvin his baseball coaching mentor.
Not long after that conversation, a spot on the Oakland Athletics' coaching staff opened up with the departure of Ron Washington to Atlanta. Hale had other offers but accepted Melvin's to become the A's third base coach. He's now hard at work in spring training working with infielders.