The D-backs on Sunday named Mike Hazen as executive vice president and general manager.Hazen, 40, previously served one season as senior vice president and general manager for the Boston Red Sox before joining Arizona.
"We feel very strongly that we have found the ideal candidate to lead our baseball operations," managing general partner Ken Kendrick said. "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 said. "He's a natural leader, who we feel fortunate to have been able to hire, and we welcome him and his family to Arizona." Hazen worked for Boston from 2006-16, helping the club to reach the postseason five times and win two World Series titles. He also spent five seasons with the Indians in their scouting and player development department. "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 to help bring back a tradition of winning to Arizona." Hazen graduated from Princeton, where he was a two-time Ivy League outfielder before being drafted by the Padres in 1998. He played two seasons in the Minors before joining the Indians. Cash Kruth/ MLB.com