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Astros manager search: The spotlight turns to Athletics bench coach Chip Hale

The Astros search of a manager continues with Athletics bench Chip Hale.

Christian Petersen

The Astros season is winding down and the search for a new manager has not reached its conclusion. The Houston Chronicle's Evan Drellich reports that the Astros are kicking the tires on Athletics bench coach Chip Hale.

Hale was an infielder for the Twins and Dodgers during his seven major league seasons. After managing the Diamondbacks Triple-A team the Tucson Sidewinders to a franchise record 91-53 in 2006, Hale was promoted to third base coach with the Diamondbacks. After his time in the desert, Halew would join the Mets before becoming the bench coach for the Athletics in 2011.

Hale joins a growing list of bench coaches of playoff-bound teams in consideration for the Astros managerial position - the Dodgers' Tim Wallach, the Royals' Don Wakamatsu, and the Rays' Dave Martinez to name a few.