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D'backs should make Chip Hale manager

D'backs should make Chip Hale manager
May 7, 2009 (The Arizona Daily Star delivered by Newstex ) --

The Diamondbacks are firing manager Bob Melvin for a lot of reasons, none more so than the clubs inability (or lack of desire) to spend money to put a competitive team on the field.

Not that Bob Melvin has any more managerial magic than anyone else. His team reflects its payroll.

The bullpen is awful. The front office wrongly (and cheaply) bet that Chad Tracy, Conor Jackson, Mark Reynolds and Chris Young would be semi-stars. They wouldnt spend to retain Orlando Hudson or Randy Johnson and on and on. Attendance is about to go bust and, thus, revenues will plummet.

So Melvin goes.

The next step is a tricky one. Do they promote third base coach Chip Hale to manage the rest of the season, or, even if they ask Hale to be the skipper, does he accept?

Its not a lose-lose proposition the way it was when former Tucsonan Al Pedrique was promoted in-season, 2004, replacing the fired Bob Brenly.

The Diamondbacks arent as bad as they were in the Brenly-Pedrique exchange, which cost both men their positions in the Dbacks organization.

Hale is a savvy Baseball guy, and the fact that he played at Arizona and led the Tucson Sidewinders to the 2006 Class AAA minor-league championship has little to do with it today. He is destined to be a big-league manager, the question is whether he views the Diamondbacks job as potential career poison, or one that can be salvaged.

In any event, the Diamondbacks are pretenders and nothing else. Their minor league system is spotty, their big-league roster is full of problems and now theyre making the manager a scapegoat for some mismanagement at the top.

If Hale is offered, or accepts the job, hes the kind of spitfire who can make it work. One thing about Chip, hes not a caretaker. Cant thing of anyone else more qualified for the job.

Newstex ID: 34750811

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Added: May 8, 2009

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