Hale on time at helm: ‘A good experience’

ARLINGTON — If time travel was possible and DeMarlo Hale could go back to the conversations he was having with Indians manager Terry Francona last winter just after he was hired to be the bench coach, he doesn’t think he would’ve envisioned serving as the team’s acting manager for more than two months of the season.

“My mind coming into Spring Training was more about what I’ve heard, what I need to see and understand and put myself in a position to help this organization and players,” Hale said. “It turned after the All-Star break.”

At the end of July, Francona announced he’d be stepping away for the remainder of the season to undergo two procedures — one on his hip and one on his foot — to improve his waning quality of life. That left the team in Hale’s hands — something he wasn’t expecting, but a transition he said he was prepared for.

“I adjusted pretty well once I jumped in,” the 60-year-old said. “I had a great conversation with Tito prior to him stepping away for the medical issues. We touched on some important things. I won’t share that, but it was very refreshing and hearing from him but also understanding what his situation was, and I jumped in with both feet.”

Since then, Hale has gone 30-33 as acting manager, with just one game remaining on Sunday afternoon in Texas. Although the expectation is that Francona…

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