Derrick Hall, who had been the club's executive vice president, was named president on Wednesday, replacing Rich Dozer, who resigned effective Oct. 1.
Dozer was named D-Backs president the same day that Arizona was awarded an expansion franchise on March 9, 1995, and over his 11 1/2 years he played an instrumental role in building a franchise that became the youngest to win 100 games, doing so in its second year, as well as the fastest expansion club to win a World Series.
"When the Diamondbacks' ownership changed hands in 2004, many key management changes followed, and we agreed it was best for me to remain as president," said Dozer. "It would have been premature to leave the team at that time, but now that so many key positions have been filled, there is a solid front office staff ready to take the Diamondbacks well into the future. I wish Derrick the best of luck, and look forward to making this transition as seamless as possible."
With that in mind, Dozer will stay and work with Hall on the transition until Oct. 1. After that time, he will be available to the team as an organizational consultant.
"We would like to thank Rich for his countless contributions to the organization and the facility," said Diamondbacks' general partner Jeff Moorad. "He has been a tremendous executive who has cared deeply for his employees and the community. This is a loss for the franchise, yet we are excited for the opportunity this provides for Derrick, who has proven throughout the industry that he is more than prepared for the task."
Indeed, Hall brings a well-rounded resume to his new position, having spent 14 seasons working in professional baseball. A graduate of Arizona State University, Hall was a member of the Dodgers organization for parts of 12 seasons, beginning with the team's Class A franchise in Vero Beach, Fla., and working his way up to senior vice president, communications, by 2004.
Hall left the Dodgers in 2004 for a similar position with KB Home, a Fortune 500 company, before joining the D-Backs front office in May 2005.
"I am extremely grateful for this wonderful opportunity," said Hall. "Rich has left some large shoes to fill, but I look forward to the challenge and to picking up where his legacy has left off. He is a good friend and will be a necessary resource and asset for me moving forward. This organization will continue to provide the greatest fans in baseball with a level of wholesome and family-friendly entertainment that is unmatched."
Hall has had a big impact on the D-Backs organization over the past year-plus. In addition to his communication responsibilities, he also took over the team's marketing and sales department for a while, and established the state's first-ever presenting sponsor for a sports franchise when he inked a deal with Gila River Casinos.
Hall also created several departments, including publicity and special projects/events, and he established kid-friendly programs to enhance the family experience. He and Joe Garagiola Sr. created the "No Chew Crew" to educate children and the public on the harm of chewing tobacco. Hall serves on the boards of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and the Valley of the Sun United Way, as well as the United Blood Services Leadership Council, and is also an active member of The Thunderbirds. He has also been appointed as a commissioner for the Phoenix Pride Commission.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less