Hale interviewing with Toronto for bench coach job

Hale interviewing with Toronto for bench coach job
November 20, 2012, 3:30 pm
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The Orioles still haven’t finalized their 2013 coaching staff. It appears that they may have an opening. Third base coach DeMarlo Hale has interviewed for the Toronto Blue Jays’ bench coach position an industry source said.

That would be considered a step up from third base coach and would presumably put Hale in a better position to get a managing job. Hale did not interview for the Blue Jays’ job which went to John Gibbons on Tuesday.

Hale is not under contract with the Orioles for 2013 and free to interview with other organizations. Bench coach John Russell, first base coach Wayne Kirby and bullpen coach Bill Castro are under contract for next year. Pitching coach Rick Adair and hitting coach Jim Presley have been invited back, but no official announcement has been made.

Manager Buck Showalter lauded his staff and wanted it intact for next season. With the exception of Toronto, most coaching staffs have already been named for next year.

Norfolk manager Ron Johnson could be in line to replace Hale if he leaves. Showalter has lavishly praised Hale and said he was deserving of a major league managing job.