HVC, Friends of Harvard Baseball Co-Host MLB Executive Panel
The Harvard Varsity Club and Friends of Harvard Baseball teamed up to present the first-ever "Harvard Baseball Winter Meetings," featuring a panel of Harvard baseball alumni who currently serve as top executives within Major League Baseball. Panelists included Michael Hill ’93, President of Baseball Operations for the Miami Marlins, David Forst ’98, General Manager of the Oakland Athletics, Jeff Bridich ’00, Senior VP & General Manager of the Colorado Rockies, Ben Crockett ’02, Vice President of Player Development for the Boston Red Sox, and Peter Woodfork ’99, Senior VP of Baseball Operations for MLB. The discussion was moderated by Jon Morosi '04, who is a Baseball Insider for the MLB Network, MLB.com, and FOX Sports.
Topics of conversation included how their experiences at Harvard led them to their current roles, advice for individuals looking to break into the industry, and insight into how deals get done within Major League Baseball.
Thank you to our event sponsors: Pete '71 and Bo '95 Bernhard, Bob Baxter '90, Jamie Crowley '95 - LandVest | Christie's International Real Estate, Chris Mackey '06, and The McGuiggan Family.
The evening began with a private meeting between the panelists and the current Harvard baseball team.
From there, event attendees had the opportunity to meet and mingle with the panelists and current Harvard baseball student-athletes during a 90-minute reception.
The evening concluded with the panel discussion and Q&A from the crowd.
Michael Hill ’93 | President of Baseball Operations, Miami Marlins
Hill begins his fifth season as the Marlins’ President of Baseball Operations, and his 16th season with the organization. He previously served as the Marlins’ General Manager for six full seasons after serving as VP and Assistant General Manager. Hill is currently the only African-American (fifth in MLB history), and one of two Hispanics, that presides over baseball operations for a Major League club. He began his front office career with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays before serving as Director of Player Development for the Colorado Rockies.
Hill captained the 1993 Harvard baseball team and earned All-America and All-Ivy League honors in 1992 and 1993.
David Forst ’98 | General Manager, Oakland Athletics
David Forst is entering his 19th season with the Oakland Athletics and his third as General Manager. His primary duties include working on all player acquisitions, contract negotiations and player evaluations. Prior to his promotion, Forst spent 12 seasons as Assistant General Manager after serving as an Assistant to the General Manager and Coordinator of Professional Scouting.
Forst captained the 1998 Harvard baseball team and was a member of the 1997 and 1998 Ivy League Championship squads. He received All-America and All-Ivy League recognition as a senior.
Peter Woodfork ’99 | Senior VP of Baseball Operations, Major League Baseball
Woodfork was named Major League Baseball’s Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations on March 8, 2011. He is primarily responsible for oversight of umpiring and instant replay, and plays a key role in the approval and processing of transactions and other duties in which he works closely with club baseball operations officials. Prior to this appointment, Woodfork spent five years as the Assistant General Manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, with whom he was promoted to Vice President in 2010, and three seasons with the Boston Red Sox.
Woodfork helped Harvard to three-straight Ivy League Championships in 1997, 1998, and 1999. He was a two-time All-America and All-Ivy League selection.
Jeff Bridich ’00 | Senior VP & General Manager, Colorado Rockies
Bridich is entering his fourth season as Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Colorado Rockies, and his 13th season in a leadership role within the Rockies’ Baseball Operations Department. Prior to his promotion he served as the Rockies’ Senior Director of Player Development, and led the department in being named the 2013 Topps Organization of the Year. Bridich came to Colorado after working in the Commissioner’s Office from 2001-04.
Bridich captained the 2000 Harvard baseball team and helped the Crimson to three-straight Ivy League Championships in 1997, 1998, and 1999. He was an All-America and All-Ivy League selection in 1999.
Ben Crockett ’02 | Vice President of Player Development, Boston Red Sox
Crockett enters his second season as Vice President, Player Development after five seasons as Director, Player Development and two seasons as the club’s Assistant Director, Player Development. He joined the Red Sox organization as an intern in Baseball Operations in 2007 and served as Advance Scouting Coordinator from 2008-09.
Crockett captained the 2002 Harvard baseball team and helped the Crimson to Ivy League Championships in 1999 and 2002. He was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year, and earned multiple All-America and All-Ivy League selections. Crockett was inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame in October of 2017.
Moderator: Jon Morosi ’04 | Baseball Insider, MLB Network, MLB.com, & FOX Sports
Morosi covered the longest postseason game ever in 2014, an 18-inning battle between Washington and San Francisco which the Giants won, 2-1. Morosi also covered the historic 2004 ALCS and 2004 World Series at age 22 as a print reporter for the Albany Times Union. He broke into baseball full-time with the Seattle Post Intelligencer, then served as a Detroit Tigers beat writer for the Detroit Free Press before being hired by FOXSports.com.
Morosi was a four-year member of Harvard’s JV baseball team. He covered three seasons of men’s hockey for The Harvard Crimson, and was the play-by-play broadcaster for a number of hockey games on WHRB.