The Diamondbacks have agreed to a contract extension with general manager Mike Hazen, the team confirmed Friday. MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert notes that the deal had been ‘in the works’ for 10 days already, though specific terms of the contract have yet to be released. Hazen’s previous contract was set to expire following the conclusion of the 2020 season.
Prior to signing on with the Diamondbacks in 2016, Hazen served in a number of roles with the Indians and Red Sox from 2001 through 2015, shaping Cleveland’s farm system in the early 2000s and helping guide Boston through a successful postseason run in 2013 as vice president and assistant general manager of the club.
During the fall of 2016, Hazen reached a pact with the Diamondbacks and stepped into a dual executive vice president/general manager role. While Arizona is still waiting for their first World Series championship since 2001, they’ve seen some degree of success under Hazen’s leadership: not only keeping their heads above .500, but rising to second place in the NL West and launching a brief postseason run in 2017.
While there was some speculation that Hazen would earn consideration for the vacant GM role in the Red Sox’ organization, it’s clear the Diamondbacks wanted to hold onto the exec for several more seasons. The Red Sox fired longtime GM — and Hazen’s former colleague — Dave Dombrowski on Monday.
The postseason has a knack for finding unlikely heroes. Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki was 1-for-23 in the postseason entering Wednesday’s Game 2 of the World Series. The Nats and Astros each plated two runs in the first inning, then went otherwise scoreless through the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, with Justin Verlander returning to the mound, Suzuki demolished a high, 1-0 fastball just below the train tracks in left field at Minute Maid Park, breaking the 2-2 tie.
Verlander proceeded to walk Victor Robles, prompting manager A.J. Hinch to take his veteran starter out of the game. Ryan Pressly came in to attempt to keep it a one-run game.
The underdog Nationals held on to defeat the Astros 5-4 in Game 1. Another victory by the Nats in Game 2 would put the Astros — heavy favorites according to oddsmakers — in a big hole.
Update: Pressly walked the first batter he faced, Trea Turner. Adam Eaton successfully sacrifice bunted both runners over. After Anthony Rendon flied out to shallow center field, Hinch decided to issue his team’s first intentional walk of the entire year to Juan Soto, loading the bases. Howie Kendrick then hit what appeared to be an inning-ending ground out, but Alex Bregman booted the ball as he moved to his left. Turner scored to make it 4-2. The floodgates opened when Asdrúbal Cabrera lined a single to center field, bringing home two more runs to pad the lead to 6-2. While pitching to Ryan Zimmerman, Pressly uncorked a wild pitch to allow the two base runners to advance. Zimmerman followed up with a slow roller down the third base line which Bregman barehanded and proceeded to throw away. Two more runs scored. 8-2. Yiiiikes, Astros.