FORA.tv Speaker - Brian Sabean
Brian Sabean, whose distinguished baseball pedigree and shrewd player acquisitions have greatly transformed the Giants over the past 13 seasons, was named San Francisco's senior vice president and general manager Sept. 30, 1996. By stewarding the Giants to four post season berths during his 12 years at the helm, he has guided the club to half of its eight playoff appearances over its first 51 seasons in San Francisco.
Since Sabean assumed the GM reins, the Giants have won a National League pennant (2002), three NL West Division flags (1997, 2000 and 2003), been a Wild Card entry (2002) and forced a Wild Card tie-breaker game with Chicago in 1998, while posting a 1,120-984 (.532) mark during that 12-year span. Sabean is currently the longest tenured GM in all of the Majors.
The Giants architect is the envy of many general managers in the game with a rotation that boasts young stars Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez and Cy Young Award winners Tim Lincecum, Randy Johnson and Barry Zito. Sabean also brought future Hall of Famers Omar Vizquel to San Francisco in 2005 and Johnson in 2008, while adding two-time Gold Glove catcher Bengie Molina in 2007, Gold Glove outfielder Aaron Rowand in 2008 and five-time National League All-Star Edgar Renteria this winter.
Before his promotion to GM in 1996, Sabean served one season as the club's senior vice president, player personnel in 1995 and enjoyed a three-year stint as assistant to the general manager and vice president of scouting/player personnel. Prior to joining the Giants, Sabean played a vital role in developing the Yankees' farm system into one of baseball's finest. During his eight-year tenure with the Yankees, he held several positions of increasing responsibility, including director of scouting from 1986-90 and vice president of player development/scouting from 1990-92.
02.03.11 | 01:00:00 min | 396 views | 1 comment