The Red Sox named DeMarlo Hale as their new third base coach today.
Hale replaces Dale Sveum, who on Wednesday was named third base coach for the Milwaukee Brewers after serving in the same capacity the last two seasons for the Red Sox. Advance scout Dave Jauss and Triple-A manager Ron Johnson were both potential in-house candidates for the position according to the Globe’s Gordon Edes.
A native of Chicago, the 44-year-old Hale served as the Texas Rangers’ first base coach for the last four seasons. Hale was a widely respected former player and manager in the Red Sox farm system before joining the Rangers in 2000 where he was on manager Jerry Narron’s staff along with current Red Sox manager Terry Francona who was the Rangers’ bench coach.
Both the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star Telegram reported on Wednesday that the Red Sox had asked for, and received, permission to speak with Hale about Boston’s third base coaching position.
In Nov. 2003, the Red Sox interviewed Hale for the managerial opening created by Grady Little’s departure and eventually filled by Terry Francona.
According to the Globe’s Bob Hohler in a Nov. 2003 story: “Hale, who interviewed with the Rangers last year for the managerial opening that Buck Showalter filled, would (have) become the first African-American manager in Red Sox history. He left the Sox organization after the 1999 season when he was passed over for a promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket despite winning Minor League Manager of the Year honors from Baseball America, The Sporting News, and USA Today’s Baseball Weekly for leading Double-A Trenton to a first-place finish in the Eastern League with a record of 92-50.
“Hale managed a number of future Sox players on the ’99 team in Trenton, including Shea Hillenbrand, Tomo Ohka, Sun Woo Kim, and Paxton Crawford, none of whom remain with the organization. The team also included David Eckstein, who won a World Series ring with the Angels in 2002, and Adam Everett, who was traded to the Astros for Carl Everett.
“A 17th-round pick out of Southern University in 1983, Hale played first base and outfield for four seasons in the Sox system, rising as high as Double A before he finished his playing career with a brief stint in Oakland’s system in 1988. From there, Hale ventured into enemy territory, working from 1989-92 as an instructor at the Bucky Dent Baseball School in Florida.
“The Sox hired Hale as a Double-A coach in ’92 and launched his managerial career at Single-A Fort Lauderdale in ’93. He spent three seasons managing Single-A teams, then three more years at Trenton before former GM Dan Duquette hired Gary Jones to manage at Pawtucket in 2000 despite Hale’s outstanding season in ’99. At that, Hale joined the Texas organization, managing their Triple-A affiliate for two years.
“In all, Hale posted a 634-614 record in nine minor league seasons before he joined the Rangers in 2001 as first base coach for manager Jerry Narron. Francona was Narron’s bench coach,” Hohler’s story concluded.
Hale and his wife Carol reside in Orlando, Fla.