Longtime Diamondbacks president Dozer resigns

PHOENIX -- Rich Dozer has resigned as president of the Arizona Diamondbacks, a position he has held since the expansion franchise was awarded 11 years ago.

He will be replaced by former Los Angeles Dodgers executive Derrick Hall, who has been the Diamondbacks' senior vice president for communications since May 2005, the team said in a news release.

Dozer was the last of the senior executives still with the club from its formation under Jerry Colangelo. He was named club president in March 1995, three years before the team began play.

Dozer and Hall will work together during a transitional period through October, the team said.

Managing general partner Ken Kendrick called Dozer "a terrific leader for this organization and a true friend of mine."

"His impact on this franchise and the community will be felt for many years to come," Kendrick said in the club's statement. "He is the consummate professional and will forever be considered a valuable member of the Diamondback family."

When the ownership of the franchise was shuffled in 2004, and Colangelo resigned as chairman in what was termed a philosophical dispute, Dozer stayed in his post.

"It would have been premature to leave the team at that time," Dozer said in the news release, "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. Although it is hard to say goodbye, now is the ideal time."

Dozer spent eight seasons working for Colangelo's Phoenix Suns before being named to the Diamondbacks post, first as the NBA team's business manager and later as vice president and chief operating officer. He was also president of America West Arena. He is the son of longtime Chicago sports writer Dick Dozer.

Among Dozer's duties as president was to determine when and whether the roof at Chase Field would close or open.

During Dozer's time with the Diamondbacks, the team became the youngest franchise to win a World Series, defeating the New York Yankees in seven games in 2001.

Hall, a former Los Angeles sports radio talk show host, spent parts of 12 seasons with the Dodgers, starting in 1992 with the franchise's Class A team in Vero Beach, Fla. He was the club's senior vice president for communications when he left the Dodgers in 2004.

He also served as senior vice president for corporate communications at KB Home.

"Rich has left some large shoes to fill," Hall said. "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."