Chip Hale rejoins Bob Melvin's coaching staff in Oakland

Chip Hale had a 148-176 record in two seasons as D-backs' manager.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Former Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale is returning to the Oakland Athletics organization as third base coach on manager Bob Melvin's staff.

Hale replaces Ron Washington, who took the same position with the Atlanta Braves to be closer to his home in New Orleans.

In two seasons as Arizona manager, Hale went 148-176 before being fired Oct. 3, one day after the season ended. He left his position as A's bench coach -- which he had from 2012-14 -- to become the D-backs skipper.

Oakland also hired Jeff Collins as assistant athletic trainer and Josh Cuffe as major league strength and conditioning coach. The rest of the coaching staff remains intact from 2016.