Twins get permission to interview A’s bench coach Chip Hale

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Minnesota has asked for and received permission to interview Oakland bench coach Chip Hale, who will also interview with Arizona.

Hale was a 17th-round draft pick by the Twins in 1987 and debuted with them in 1989, playing six of his seven seasons in Minnesota as a utility man. He’s been manager Bob Melvin’s right-hand man for three seasons, previously had a spot on the Mets’ coaching staff, and also managed in the minors.

He joins Paul Molitor, Doug Mientkiewicz, and John Russell as known candidates to replace Ron Gardenhire, who was fired last week after 13 seasons as Twins manager.