VP of communications resigns

Derrick Hall resigned March 13 as Dodgers senior vice president of communications, the fifth departure of a high-ranking executive since the club's February sale to Frank and Jamie McCourt.

"It wasn't any one thing in particular," said Hall, the club's senior vice president for communications. "It was just a decision that my wife and I made. It's a good time for me to look and explore my options. I have let so many pass me by in the past because of my commitment to the Dodgers, and this just seemed like the right time.

Hall told McCourt and his wife, Jamie, he would be leaving the organization in 30 days. He becomes the fifth high-ranking club executive to leave or be asked to leave since the transfer of ownership from NewsCorp to the McCourts. Hall joins former chief executive officer Bob Daly, outgoing president/chief operating officer Bob Graziano and former vice president for business operations Kris Rone as those departing voluntarily.

The team's publicity department released a statement from Frank McCourt that read: "We're terribly disappointed Derrick decided to leave the organization, especially when we felt he could have potentially expanded his role with the team. He's a very talented executive and we're certain he'll find success wherever his future takes him. We wish him the best of luck."

Hall, a Dodger employee for 11 years, said the timing was right to leave.

"It's the perfect time to go explore, and what better way to let people know I'm a free agent than to tell them," said Hall. "I'm well aware of the statement by the McCourts. I'm not certain what the expanded role would have been, but I'm flattered by it."

Hall's departure follows by a week those of president Bob Graziano and executive vice president of business operations Kris Rone. Chairman and CEO Bob Daly also stepped down when the club was sold and executive vice president and general manager Dan Evans was dismissed three weeks later.

Hall was responsible for all corporate and club communications efforts and directly supervised the club's public relations, publications, broadcasting, external affairs, government relations and community affairs departments.

He joined the organization in 1992, working with the Class A minor-league team at Vero Beach, and moved to Los Angeles in 1994 to join the publicity department, eventually becoming director. He left the organization for on-air broadcasting opportunities in 1999, but returned after nearly a year as senior vice president.

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