PHOENIX — Campolindo High had just beaten a Hayward High team featuring Jack Del Rio and Don Wakamatsu in the California state baseball playoffs. Campolindo coaches and brothers Harley and Don Miller planned a road trip to scout their next opponent when Chip Hale piped in.”’Hey, coach, can I come with you guys?’” Don Miller remembers Hale asking.Hale jumped in and away they went. He was 14.Ride-along road trips, home basketball games during junior high school, it did not make much difference.”During basketball season, he’d sit with the other coaches and talk about the game,” said Hale’s father, Walter, a longtime high school administrator in California. “He was a student of the game. A gym rat, really. The coaches loved him.”It’s no reach Hale now is right where he is supposed to be: He makes his Major League managerial debut on Monday.Hale grew up around coaches and always has felt comfortable with them. It probably helped that Walter Hale had a key to the gym in elementary and middle school, but the younger Hale’s aptitude was evident early. His ability to analyze and process what he saw on the field was on a different plane than that of his peers.Competitive,… Read full this story
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