The Washington Nationals have hired Chip Hale as their new bench coach, sources confirm to FanRag Sports. Hale joins the coaching staff of new manager Dave Martinez, who is coming over after having served as the bench coach of the Chicago Cubs, replacing Dusty Baker as the man in charge in D.C.

Hale spent last season as the third base coach of the Oakland Athletics, leaving a void at the position moving forward for Oakland. Prior to that, he spent two years at the helm of the Arizona Diamondbacks, posting a combined .457 win percentage (148-176).

He was selected in the 17th round of the 1987 MLB Amateur Draft by the Minnesota Twins, making his debut with the organization just two years later in 1989. Used as a utility player, Hale appeared periodically with the club in both 1989-1990 and 1993-96, before making a 14-game appearance as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1997. He was a .277 career hitter with seven home runs.