Mar 7, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics bench coach Chip Hale (5) throws batting practice before a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Chip Hale's name gets tossed in the hat for Seattle Mariners manager job

Attention bench coaches of Major League Baseball! If you’re interested in becoming a manager again or for the first time in your career, update your resume’s and get them out to teams looking for a new skipper!

Man, it feels like all I’ve done today was talk about teams looking for new managers. Not complaining or anything, but so far it sounds like a lot of teams weren’t happy with the direction they were heading.

Well, the Seattle Mariners finished fourth in the American League West behind the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, which was a surprise. The bottom of that division? Yeah, the only team with over 100 losses in the entire league, the Houston Astros.

Not that bad for their first season in the American League, right?

Anyways, the Mariners are one of many teams who are looking to pick up a new manager. Right now the Mariners have Oakland Athletics bench coach Chip Hale in their sights as a replacement for Eric Wedge.

Hale has been working with Bob Melvin off and on throughout his coaching career. Melvin and the Athletics, of course, are in the same division. So how great would it be for a division rival to nab a bench coach from a team that won the division and make them their new manager?

I mean, who wouldn’t want to manage Felix Hernandez?

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