MIAMI - Rich Dozer, who has served as club president since the Diamondbacks’ inception, is stepping down to pursue other interests.
He will be replaced by Derek Hall, the club’s senior vice president.
Dozer joined the Phoenix Suns in 1987 as business manager and eventually became vice president and chief operating officer.
He then was named the Diamondbacks’ president when the club was born on March 9, 1995.
He counts as his career highlights overseeing the development of the downtown Phoenix basketball arena and baseball stadium and being part of the D-Backs’ World Series-winning operation in 2001.
Moreover, Dozer, who is involved in numerous civic groups, said he’s proud of the D-Backs’ charitable efforts, including the Little League ballparks the club has built around the state.
“Those baseball fields are legacies that live every day,” he says.
Dozer said club officials had asked him to remain, but that now that the D-Backs’ new management team is in place, “My gut told me that this was the perfect time to do something else.”
He said he plans to remain in Arizona, spend more time with his family and become a “sports free agent.”
Hall has a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State in broadcasting and journalism and a master’s degree from Ohio University in sports administration.
He’s worked in both radio and TV in Los Angeles and in the Dodgers’ organization for parts of 12 seasons.
BIG LEAGUE DEBUT
Catcher Miguel Montero, who started the season at Double-A Tennessee, made his big league debut by starting Wednesday night.
“He’s exceeded everything we’ve thrown at him,” manager Bob Melvin said of Montero, who was promoted to Triple-A Tucson on July 17.
The Venezuela native hit .321 in Tucson, much higher than his .270 mark at
He was called up from Tucson on Friday, “And I didn’t want him sitting around too long where he’s lost his edge,” Melvin said.
Add in that Montero would be catching Edgar Gonzalez, who was his battery mate in Tucson, “We felt this was a good day for him to start all the way around.”
Montero worked a sevenpitch at-bat his first time up before striking out.
PITCHER TO STAY
The Tucson Sidewinders can blame Tropical Storm Ernesto for losing Gonzalez for the Triple-A Pacific Coast League playoffs.
Gonzalez was promoted to pitch Wednesday in Florida because Friday’s rainout in Washington (which forced a doubleheader on Saturday) created a pitching vacancy on Wednesday.
And now that he’s up with the D-Backs, he’s going to stay to be a long reliever, Melvin said.
“It’s nice to have a guy who can give you multiple innings in the bullpen,” Melvin said.
“It’s nice to know a guy can give you 75 or 80 or 90 pitches if he has to,” said Melvin, who judges Gonzalez to have pitched “pretty consistently” for the D-Backs.