Giants Hope New GM Scott Harris Brings Youthful Energy To Team
The MLB Giants' hiring of 32-year-old Scott Harris as GM has "solidified the organization's tilt toward a youthful front office that is well-versed in both analytics and scouting, and committed to adapting new technologies and evaluative techniques that can move the Giants toward consistent success," according to Henry Schulman of the S.F. CHRONICLE. It "might look like" President of Baseball Operation Farhan Zaidi "hired his clone, but Harris promised to be anything but a 'yes' man." Zaidi did "not have a GM in his first year, having been hired too late to recruit one." However, as Zaidi and Harris answered questions during an introductory press conference yesterday, there was a sense that Zaidi "was relieved that he finally had a general manager to help lessen the load." The Giants still "need a manager." Zaidi "expects to hire one this week but wanted Harris to weigh in on the choice" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 11/12). In San Jose, Kerry Crowley writes Harris yesterday "asserted himself as the co-captain for a front office that believes the Giants are headed down the right path." Harris' position with the Giants comes with an "intentionally broad job description, as neither he nor Zaidi want to limit the scope of his responsibilities." A franchise that once "proudly touted its continuity continues to focus more on its future and less on its past" (San Jose MERCURY NEWS, 11/12).
MEET THE NEW GUY: MLB Network's Dan O'Dowd said Zaidi "brought somebody in that's going to build a back office for him, his research and development group, his entire analytical wing underneath that, setting up his contract negotiations." O'Dowd said Harris is going to do "a lot of strategic -- long-term, short-term -- planning." O'Dowd: "He'll be involved in personnel decisions, but Farhan brought somebody in that specifically is going to build out his process." MLB Network's Brian Kenny: "That's a challenge with the Giants ... as far as having their championship core, there's a lot of money invested in older players." MLB Network's Eric Byrnes said Harris will have a "real good support system" with Zaidi and "what he's trying to do" ("MLB Now," MLB Network, 11/11).