The search for a new general manager is over. The team announced Thursday that they are promoting Mike Hazen from assistant GM to general manager, according to the Boston Globe. Hazen, who has been with the team since 2006 and was named assistant GM before the start of this season, started as director of player development with the team, helping to build one of the best minor league systems in the game. He also helped construct 2 World Series championships under previous general managers Theo Epstein and Ben Cherington.
While Hazen was part of the front office team that had a hand in 3 losing seasons in 4 years, he is considered a good talent evaluator. Dave Dombrowski, new president of baseball operations for the team, credits him with helping find and develop young players, which we’re seeing the effects of now. A lot of our key guys now are guys the team brought up from the minors. See: Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Travis Shaw, and a few other guys who have pretty high ceilings.
The structure will be a little different, since Dave Dombrowski will still have final say on all manners, and Hazen told the Globe that he respects that. He also set the bar high for 2016, saying that he wants to win a World Series.
I’m glad he set the bar so high for the team, but they still have a lot of work to do in the off-season as an organization before they get to that point. I know I have mentioned it before, but I’ll say it again in hopes that someone from the team, maybe Mike Hazen himself, actually takes note: The Red Sox need an ace, as well as bullpen help if they want to get to that next level of being a perennial power.
In the meantime, I think the continuity will be a good thing for the Red Sox. I liked the hire of Dave Dombrowski, and still do, but Mike Hazen has been with the organization for a decade. Having someone with internal knowledge of the team will help Dombrowski do an even better job. Godspeed, Mike Hazen.