Mike Hazen Named New Red Sox General Manager
The Red Sox have named Abington native Mike Hazen its new general manager, the team announced late Thursday afternoon.
Hazen, entering his 10th year in the Red Sox front office, replaces Ben Cherington, who parted ways with the team after Dave Dombrowski was named the president of baseball operations in August.
“Over his 10 years with the Red Sox, Mike has proven to be an invaluable member of the baseball operations department,” Dombrowski said in a statement. “We are thrilled to have him in this position and I’m excited to have him working with me on every aspect of baseball operations.”
As Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald notes, Hazen, 39, fits a certain mold for Red Sox GMs as of late:
Hazen is from Abington, lives in Westwood with wife, four sons. Last six Red Sox GMs since 1984 have all been New England natives.
— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) September 24, 2015
“Today is a great day for the Boston Red Sox,” COO Sam Kennedy said in the same release. “Mike’s leadership, work ethic, and passion for the game are second to none. His experience, combined with his local roots, make him the perfect choice to work alongside Dave as we head into 2016.”
Hazen played four years of varsity baseball at Princeton University before being selected by the San Diego Padres in the 31st round of the 1998 June Draft. He never made it to the big leagues, joining the Indians’ scouting department after two years in the minors.