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Champions hire Atlantic League ace as pitching coach

2018 February 19

RHP JAKE HALE has signed a contract to become the Champions pitching coach. He will also join the Champions starting rotation.

OTTAWA – One of the Atlantic League’s best pitchers has joined the Ottawa Champions coaching staff for 2018.

RHP JAKE HALE, a native of Athens, Ohio, has signed a contract to become the Champions pitching coach. He will also join the Champions starting rotation, which already includes an impressive array of experienced pro baseball pitchers.

Hale connected with Champions manager Hal Lanier over the winter, and Lanier was impressed with the pitcher’s philosophy.

“It was exactly what I wanted to hear,” he sad of his conversation with Hale. “He’ll do great with our younger players.” 

Lanier says the accolades of his new pitching coach give him a sense of legitimacy. “He’s been around, he’s been in organizations, and he’s been very successful in his seven years in indy ball.” 

Last season was one of his more successful years – Hale was a go-to arm for the Sugar Land Skeeters, where he compiled 11 wins and a 3.24 ERA. He was second on the Skeeters in both starts (24) and innings pitched (153).

This will be Hale’s second stint in the Can-Am League, after pitching for the Brockton Rox and New Jersey Jackals from 2011 to 2012. 

He is the second veteran to sign with the Champions this year, leaving two more open positions. Can-Am League roster rules allow each team to field four players with veteran status.

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