Abington native Mike Hazen, seen here on Opening Day 2016 in Cleveland as the Boston Red Sox General Manager, will be the Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager next season, the team announced on Monday, Oct. 17. Abington native Mike Hazen, seen here on Opening Day 2016 in Cleveland as the Boston Red Sox General Manager, will be the Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager next season, the team announced on Monday, Oct. 17. Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images
18 October 2016

Abington's Mike Hazen leaving Red Sox for Diamondbacks

The hometown boy already made good just down the road from his high school. Now, Mike Hazen will try to make another ballclub good some 2,300 miles away.

Hazen, an Abington native who served as the Boston Red Sox general manager in 2016, was hired as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ executive vice president and general manager on Sunday.

“I’m extremely grateful for this incredible opportunity to help the D-backs reach the next level,” Hazen, 40, said in a statement. “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 (managing general partner) Ken (Kendrick) and (president and CEO) Derrick (Hall) to bring a tradition of winning to Arizona.”

The Princeton University graduate had been with the Red Sox since 2006, was serving as the club’s assistant general manager when he was promoted by president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowki last September.

In his first and only year as the general manager of the local club, Hazen’s moves helped bring the Red Sox to the postseason this year after two straight last-place finishes.

In Arizona, Hazen will have his work cut out for him, as the Diamondbacks finished only a game out of last place in the National League West division and haven’t posted a winning record since their most recent playoff appearance in 2011. Dave Stewart was fired as the club's general manager earlier this month.

Hazen, who played two seasons of minor league baseball, was born in Weymouth but primarily grew up in Abington.

At Abington High, Hazen was named the class president for two years, participated in student council and was the president of the National Honor Society as a senior.

As his career has taken off, Hazen hasn’t forgotten his local roots. In June, Hazen returned to his alma mater to offer advice to graduating seniors.

“It was a wonderful environment for four years to grow up in, to really learn how to learn, to play sports and develop lifelong friendships,” Hazen told The Enterprise in May.

Hazen will reportedly have final say on player acquisitions with the Diamondbacks, a power he did not have with Dombrowski as Boston’s top executive.

Together, Hazen and Dombrowski pulled off two major moves that proved to be instrumental in Boston winning the American League East: Signing starting pitcher David Price and trading for closer Craig Kimbrel.

Hazen had previously served his hometown team as the director of player development, as well as the vice president of player development and amateur scouting.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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