Arizona Diamondbacks hire Mike Hazen as GM

By administrator1 October 17, 2016 17:26

By Francisco Romero

On October 3rd the Arizona Diamondbacks fired general managar Dave Stewart and mangar Chip Hale. First things first, the organization has hired Boston Red Sox executive Mike Hazen as executive vice president and general manager; The announcement was made by Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick and President & CEO Derrick Hall.

“We feel very strongly that we have found the ideal candidate to lead our baseball operations,” said Kendrick through a press release. “Mike’s reputation throughout the game is impeccable, and his championship experience gives us great confidence in naming him to this position.”

“Mike’s background is the perfect balance of scouting, player development and analytics, which will all play an important role going forward,” said Hall. “He’s a natural leader, who we feel fortunate to have been able to hire, and we welcome him and his family to Arizona.”

“I’m extremely grateful for this incredible opportunity to help the D-backs reach the next level,” said Hazen through the press release. “This is a franchise that has experienced a lot of success both on and off the field in less than two decades of existence, and I’m looking forward to working with Ken and Derrick to help bring back a tradition of winning to Arizona.”

According to the Arizonan Diamondbacks press release, Hazen, 40, spent the 2016 season as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Red Sox following four seasons as the club’s Assistant GM. In that role, he has been involved in every aspect of baseball operations, including player acquisitions, player evaluation, contract negotiations, professional scouting and amateur scouting. During his 11 seasons working in his hometown (2006-16), the Red Sox reached the postseason 5 times, including 2 World Championships (2007 and ’13).


By administrator1 October 17, 2016 17:26

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