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February 26, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Red Sox announce front office promotions

On Friday, the Red Sox announced seven front office promotions, including four in baseball operations.

Craig Shipley, who was serving as Vice President of International Scouting, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Player Personnel and International Scouting. Shipley has been a major force behind the Red Sox significant clout in the international market, including signing players like Oscar Tejeda, Jose Iglesias, Junichi Tazawa and Stolmy Pimentel.

Allard Baird, who had been serving as General Manager Theo Epstein's assistant, will now be the Vice President of Player Personnel and Professional Scouting. The General Manager of the Kansas City Royals from 2000-2006, Baird has had an immediate impact on the Red Sox since joining the team in 2006. He was an integral force behind the recent signing of Carl Crawford and has heavily scouted the independent leagues, leading to the development of legitimate prospects from an unlikely source.

Mike Hazen, the Director of Player Development, has been named the Vice President of Player Development and Amateur Scouting. Since joining Boston in early 2006, Hazen has overseen a farm system that has graduated many top major league players such as Daniel Bard, Clay Buchholz, Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury.

Brian O'Halloran, who was serving as Director of Baseball Operations, has now been promoted to Vice President of Baseball Operations. O'Halloran plays a key role in contract negotiations and rules compliance. His biggest effect on the team has been the ability to construct creative contracts to entice players such as Adrian Beltre to come to Boston.

Other promotions included Troup Parkinson, who had served as Vice President of Client Services to Director of Corporate Partnerships. Mary Sprong who was serving as Vice President of Human Resources will continue to take care of all team operations management and leadership development. Mark Solitro, who joined the team in 2009, will manage the daily operations of the accounting department and will oversee taxation and financial reporting.

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