The Oakland A's made their 2017 coaching staff official on Tuesday, announcing that former bench coach and Arizona Diamondbacks' manager Chip Hale will serve as the team's third base coach and that the rest of the 2016 big league staff will return in 2017. The A's also announced that Jeff Collins will join the staff as Assistant Athletic Trainer and Josh Cuffe will serve as the A's Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Hale returns to the A's after two seasons in Arizona as the team's manager. Hale, a Moraga native and graduate of Campolindo High School, served as the A's bench coach from 2012-2014. The A's made the playoffs all three seasons he was on staff. Hale played seven years in the major leagues from 1989 through 1997 and was a career .277 hitter as a part-time player. He has previous experience as a third base coach with the Diamondbacks (under then manager Bob Melvin) and the New York Mets. Hale was a popular figure in the A's clubhouse during his first tenure with the club. His addition helps to mitigate the loss of Ron Washington to the Atlanta Braves' coaching staff. Like Washington did for the A's, Hale will serve as the team's infield coach as well as the third base coach.
Collins joins the A's big league staff after 19 years as a trainer in the A's minor league system. He has been the A's minor league medical coordinator for the past 16 years. Cuffe joins the A's big league staff after five seasons as the organization's minor league strength and conditioning coordinator.
The rest of the A's staff for next year will be: manager Bob Melvin, bench coach Mark Kotsay, first base coach Mike Aldrete, hitting coach Darren Bush, pitching coach Curt Young, bullpen coach Scott Emerson and assistant hitting coach/catching coach Marcus Jensen.