Michael Norman Hazen (born January 7, 1976) is an American professional baseball executive. A Princeton University graduate and former minor league outfielder, he was named senior vice president and general manager of the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB) on September 24, 2015. He previously served as the team's assistant general manager under Ben Cherington, his predecessor as GM.
Hazen was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and grew up in nearby Abington. He played four years of varsity baseball for the Princeton Tigers and was selected in the 31st round by the San Diego Padres in the 1998 Major League Baseball draft. After batting .307 with 62 hits in the Rookie-level Pioneer League in 1998, he was promoted to the Class A Fort Wayne Wizards of the Midwest League. He batted only .203 in 72 games played in 1999 and a chronic shoulder injury ended his active career. As a player, he threw left-handed, batted right-handed and was listed at 6 feet 1 inch (185 cm) tall and 195 pounds (88 kg).
Hazen joined the Cleveland Indians as an intern then became the club's advance scout in 2001–02. Promoted to assistant director of professional scouting in 2003, he then spent two full seasons (2004–05) as Cleveland's assistant director of player development, working directly under John Farrell, now the incumbent field manager of the Red Sox.
Hazen initially came to the Red Sox as director of player development in February 2006 (Farrell would follow as the team's pitching coach eight months later), and then was vice president, player development and amateur scouting, in 2011. He was promoted to vice president and assistant general manager (under Cherington) in 2012, then named a senior vice president and assistant GM in early 2015.
Hazen was named to his post by the Red Sox' new president of baseball operations, Dave Dombrowski.
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