The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced the hiring of Mike Hazen as the team’s new general manager and executive vice president.
Hazen had been serving as the general manager of the Boston Red Sox, where he worked under president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. The 40-year-old executive was promoted to that position last September after serving as Red Sox assistant general manager the previous four years.
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Now he’ll have all the power in Arizona, where he’ll be charged with reinventing and redeveloping an organization that has seemingly stagnated under Dave Stewart’s watch.
“We feel very strongly that we have found the ideal candidate to lead our baseball operations,” managing general partner Ken Kendrick said in a statement on Sunday. “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,” president and chief executive officer Derrick Hall added. “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 hinted at a balanced front office plan, though many expect a more analytics-based front office under Hazen. Either way, he’s sure to provide much-needed fresh perspective.
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale has already speculated that Hazen will bring Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo along with him to serve as the team’s new manager in 2017. If that happens, it will give Arizona a Red Sox feel, which wouldn’t be a bad thing given their successes and wide range of experiences under that umbrella.
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