Chip Hale finds Dan Jennings’ hire to be “frustrating in a way”


This morning in the recaps I highlighted a quote from Dbacks manager Chip Hale in which he highlighted the fact that new Marlins manager Dan Jennings declined to bring in a righty to face A.J. Pollock, who then proceeded to hit the go-ahead homer off of Jennings’ lefty.

In my mind I wondered if there wasn’t an element of schadenfreude present in Hale’s comments. Was Hale, a longtime player, coach and manager before getting his big league job making a subtle comment about Jennings’ inexperience? Was he, in whatever small way he could, speaking up for the scores of qualified, uniformed men up and down baseball’s ladder who aren’t getting the chance that was handed to Jennings? Maybe, I thought. Or maybe I was just reading too much into to.

This afternoon Hale appeared on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio channel with Casey Stern and Jim Bowden. And based on his comments, I’m now inclined to think that what he said last night had some purpose behind it:

Bowden: “What were your thoughts when Dan Jennings went from GM, with no coaching/managing experience, to manage the Marlins? What were your thoughts?”

Chip Hale: “I think it’s frustrating in a way for guys who’ve done it. I’ve said this before, when you finish playing or get into Major League Baseball on the minor league level you say, ‘Ok, what do I want to do? Ok, I want to manage in the big leagues. What do I have to do? I’m going to go back, I’m going to bust my hump coaching and teaching and become the best manager at the minor league level that I can, then get to the big leagues, do your job coaching and hope to get an opportunity to do this. It’s not looking like that track is going to be the way to go anymore.

Hale allowed for the possibility that the Marlins situation was unique inasmuch as it was aimed at “lighting a fire,” and he allowed for the real new trend in managing not to be no-experience hires but, rather, former major leaguers like Brad Ausmus or Mike Matheney.

But you can’t help but think Hale and others who busted their humps the way he described and the way they were always told they had to bust their humps are a bit upset.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”