Detroit Tigers president of baseball operations Scott Harris announced Thursday that Jeff Greenberg has been hired as the team’s new general manager. Greenberg, 37, was a former assistant GM with the Chicago Cubs, and associate GM with the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks. Greenberg replaces Al Avila, who was GM of the Tigers from 2015 until his firing in August 2022; the position has remained vacant since then.
Harris said in a team statement: “I’m thrilled to add an executive of Jeff’s quality to our baseball operations leadership team Throughout this search, it was important for me to find someone who can fit seamlessly into the culture we’re building here. I also wanted to bring in someone with a fresh perspective and new ideas that could challenge us on a daily basis and make us all better as we strive towards our goal of bringing postseason baseball back to Detroit. We’re excited to welcome Jeff, his wife, Erin, and their sons, Leo and Sam, to the Tigers family.”
Greenberg said: “It’s an extraordinary honor to take on this role with one of the most historic franchises in Major League Baseball. Throughout my conversations with Scott, Chris Ilitch and the rest of the team with the Tigers, it became clear that this organization is headed in a great direction with an incredible culture of development and innovation that I’m excited to be part of. Another constant message in those conversations was that Tigers fans want to see winning baseball deep into October. I’m excited to get to work with our front office on off-season and longer-term plans to make that our reality.”
Greenberg began his career in baseball as a minor-league video intern in the early 2010s. He held multiple jobs with the Cubs including director of pro scouting and baseball operations, director of baseball operations and assistant to the general manager, with his last three years spent as assistant GM. According to MLB.com, Greenberg’s work with the Blackhawks as associate GM spanned numerous areas, including scouting, development, coaching and operations.
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