The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Sunday that Mike Hazen has been named the team’s new Executive Vice President and General Manager.
“We feel very strongly that we have found the ideal candidate to lead our baseball operations,” said Managing General Partner Kendrick. “Mike’s reputation throughout the game is impeccable, and his championship experience gives us great confidence in naming him to this position.”
Hazen spent 11 seasons working for the Boston Red Sox and was most recently the team’s Senior Vice President and General Manager in 2016.
“I’m extremely grateful for this incredible opportunity to help the D-backs reach the next level,” said Hazen. “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 [Hall] to help bring back a tradition of winning to Arizona.”
Hazen played four years of baseball for Princeton University before playing two years of minor league baseball. He was a scout for the Cleveland Indians right after his retirement from baseball.
“Mike’s background is the perfect balance of scouting, player development and analytics, which will all play an important role going forward,” said President and CEO Derrick 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.”
The Diamondbacks released manager Chip Hale and General Manager Dave Stewart just after the 2016 ended. The manager’s position still has not been filled.