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08/01/2005 5:25 PM ET
Mike Port leaves Red Sox to accept position with Major League Baseball
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BOSTON, MA - Red Sox Vice President/Baseball Operations Mike Port, a veteran of more than 35 years in the game including the last 12 seasons in Boston, has been named Vice President, Umpiring by Major League Baseball.

Port joined the Red Sox in February of 1993 as an assistant general manager and was named Vice President/Baseball Operations in October of 1996. He served as the club's interim general manager during the 2002 season, playing an integral role during the ownership transition.

"We are grateful for the many contributions Mike made to the Red Sox organization over the last 12 years," said President/CEO Larry Lucchino. "Mike's integrity and professionalism have long been recognized throughout the industry. We wish him the best in his new role at Major League Baseball, and we will always appreciate the class and loyalty he demonstrated during his time in Boston. He leaves with our respect, affection and gratitude."

Port previously worked with the San Diego Padres and California Angels, serving as Angels General Manager from 1984-91. After leaving the Angels, he helped launch the Arizona Fall League before joining the Red Sox in 1993.

Mike was the recipient of the Boston Baseball Writers' Association annual "Good Guy" Award in 2000. In 2003, Topps Chewing Gum honored him with its annual "Advancement in Baseball" Award. In November of 2003, he was selected by the Arizona Fall League to receive the Roland Hemond Award in recognition of his contributions to the league's developmental efforts.

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