PHOENIX – Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen is taking a physical leave of absence from the team while his wife Nicole has brain cancer.
Hazen said Friday that he will continue to consult regularly with deputy general manager Amiel Sawdaye, who will take over day-to-day baseball operations. 45-year-old Hazen has been the GM of the Diamondbacks since 2016.
Hazen’s wife Nicole has been treated for a brain tumor for more than a year. The couple have four sons.
“First of all, I want to say that Nicole is fine,” said Hazen. “She keeps grinding. But being realistic about the journey we’re on right now, knowing what my job requires and what is most important to me, requires a percentage of my time that is slowly creeping into my abilities . ” to physically do (my job) here. “
He later added, “I had to be honest about where I had to be more physically.”
Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall said he supported Hazen’s decision and was glad that Hazen was taking time to spend with his family. Hazen and Hall said there was no schedule for the GM to return.