Who runs the Diamondbacks? The Front Office explained
By Jake Oliver
Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Hazen:
Mike Hazen is the Diamondbacks General Manager. He is responsible for everything regarding the players and coaches. He is the one who signs, trades, and releases players. He came to Arizona after a highly successful time with the Red Sox. He has been the GM of the team since 2017. In that time, he’s been successful in keeping the team competitive for three years in a row, including the playoffs in 2017. He has also remade the teams’ Minor League system since 2017 when it ranked near the bottom of the MLB. Now, the team is in the top 10, and even top 5 for some people. Mike’s hard work is beginning to show as we see many rookies drafted/acquired from his time with the team reach the MLB this year. Quick ask for prayers for Mike’s family and wife as she battles cancer right now.
Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager Amiel Sawdaye:
Amiel came over to the Diamondbacks organization with Mike Hazen in 2017. He’s been crucial in helping Hazen develop the team through these last few years. He is seen as a rising star in the GM world of baseball having had interviews with teams in recent years. He’s taken on more of a role this year due to Hazen’s family emergency.
Special Assistant to the CEO J.J. Putz:
Now I hope you all remember Putz, a former closer for the Diamondbacks. He played in 12 seasons across multiple teams in the MLB. He was a critical part of the division winning team in 2011. He has been with the Diamondbacks organization ever since he retired. He holds a variety of duties for the team. You’ll often see him talking to fans during Diamondbacks games at Chase Field. J.J.’s beyond funny and even has a Diamondbacks little league field named after him. He serves on multiple charity boards as well.
Special Assistant to the CEO Randy Johnson:
Now you know who Randy is. He’s known for his amazing photography. Well, he’s also known for being a Hall of Fame pitcher from the Diamondbacks who won the World Series in 2001. He has won countless awards and was the second player to have his number retired by the team. Randy is widely loved and admired from all fans. You can see him at games or in the Minor Leagues helping young pitchers. He’s another face of the franchise in many events. The street outside Chase Field is named “Randy Johnson Way” to honor him too.
Special Assistant to the CEO Luis Gonzalez:
You all know the man who hit the walk-off hit for the Dbacks to win the World Series in 2001. He has worked for the team since he retired. He holds multiple records in the team’s history. He is a leader in the Valley Sports world and is always happy to interact with fans. He’s a spokesperson for the Diamondbacks at many events. Luis is also the back-up person for Dbacks broadcasts whether on TV or Radio. His son is in the Giants’ Minor League system. Luis is also a player mentor for all the players in the Dbacks organization.