According to MASN, the Washington Nationals have thrown Toronto Blue Jays bench coach DeMarlo Hale into the mix to fill the vacant manager position. Hale is an African American and by interviewing him, the Nationals have satisfied the MLB‘s rule regarding equal opportunity.
To be clear, the Nationals likely didn’t interview him simply because of his race. While that rule is one that needs to be satisfied, Hale likely wasn’t interviewed for that sole purpose. According to the report, this isn’t the first time that Hale has been interviewed for a manager position and was even a finalist for the Blue Jays’ vacancy back in 2010.
Hale is a player-turned coach after player after spending four seasons in the minor league organizations of the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics between 1984 and 1988. In 1993, he began his coaching career in Boston’s minor league system with Class A Fort Lauderdale. He then broke into the majors in 2002 as the first base coach of the Texas Rangers before returning the Red Sox as the MLB club’s third base coach and bench coach. In 2012, he was the bench coach for the Baltimore Orioles before ending up the bench coach for the Blue Jays this past season.
Hale certainly has the history needed to be a manager in MLB. Despite his past, don’t expect him to be viewed as a front-runner for the position. He joins Matt Williams, Randy Knorr, Brad Asmus and Trent Jewett as guys interviewed for the position. Currently, Williams is viewed as the top candidate with Knorr being the next man in the order.
What this could mean is that the Nationals are nearing the end of their search. There aren’t very many names that are believed to be in contention for the position and all the expected interviews have been conducted. The wait is on to see who they will select as Davey Johnson‘s replacement.