Jed Hoyer '96, a four-year member of the Wesleyan baseball team as an undergraduate and former assistant dean of admissions and special assistant to the vice president of University Relations at Wesleyan from 1997-2000, was named general manager of the San Diego Padres, it was announced today.
Hoyer had been hired as an intern by the Boston Red Sox in 2002 and quickly gained more responsibility within the organization. He had served as an assistant to former GM Theo Epstein before Epstein's departure the end of October in 2005. Hoyer, who has been given major acclaim for joining Epstein for a Thanksgiving dinner with Curt Schilling to help bring the pitcher to the Red Sox, served along side another former assistant GM Ben Cherington, as co-GM for a short period of time before Epstein's return to the Red Sox in January, 2006. Since then, Hoyer had been associate GM with the Red Sox.
As a collegian for Wesleyan, Hoyer was a three-time letterwinner in baseball as a left fielder, shortstop and pitcher. As a hitter, Hoyer played in 102 games with 90 starts. He had 123 hits (which ranks 18th all-time at Wesleyan) in 338 at-bats for a career .364 average. He scored 80 runs and knocked in 50. He had 22 doubles, four triples and two home runs. He walked 61 times with just 22 strikeouts and stole 36 bases in 43 attempts. As a fielder, he posted 158 putouts, 151 assists and 21 errors for a .936 percentage. On the mound, Hoyer made 34 appearances with nine starts and two complete games. In 109 2/3 innings of work, he allowed 94 hits (71 singles, 22 doubles and one home run) while striking out 59 and walking 36. He gave up 42 runs, 30 of which were earned for a 2.46 career ERA. He posted a 7-1 career record and had 11 saves, which stands as a Wesleyan career record. His seven saves during the 1996 season also is a Wesleyan single-season mark. He was named a third-team all-New England Division III choice by the ABCA in 1995 and a second-team pick in 1996. He also was twice named a Jewish All-American by the Jewish Post & Opinion.
After graduation, Hoyer worked in the admissions office at Kenyon College in Ohio before coming back to work for three years at his alma mater. He also served as an assistant baseball coach at Wesleyan during the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
Hoyer grew up in Plymouth, N.H., and attended Holderness School where he was an all-league selection in baseball, football and basketball.
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Link to article in the 2006 Wesleyan Alumnus about Jed Hoyer: