Durham native Sam Fuld was named the new general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies this week.

Fuld, a former Major League Baseball (MLB) player who grew up on the Seacoast, was considered by many to be the runner-up for the Boston Red Sox managerial job that went to Alex Cora.

Fuld, 39, spent parts of eight seasons playing in Major League Baseball and posted a .227 batting average over nearly 600 games. In recent years, Fuld worked for the Phillies as a player information coordinator and has been interviewed for other managerial openings.

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Fuld will report to Phillies President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski, who held that same position previously with the Red Sox.

Although Fuld never played for the Red Sox, he nearly hit for the cycle at Fenway Park in a 2011 game while playing for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Fuld was born in Durham and played high school baseball at Phillips Exeter Academy where he won New Hampshire's Gatorade Player of the Year award for the 2000 season. Fuld also played competitively for the Dover Post 8 American Legion team.

Phillips Exeter posted to social media to congratulate their former star.

His father, Kenneth Fuld, is a former dean and professor emeritus at the University of New Hampshire. His mother, Amanda Merrill, served in the New Hampshire State Senate from 2008 to 2012.

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