Now that they're the World Series champions, how can the San Francisco Giants stay on top and orchestrate a repeat performance in 2011? Come meet the people who strategized the Giants' World Series triumph and hear what's in store this season. Giants Manager Bochy and General Manager Sabean will take you behind the scenes and down into the dugout to give the lowdown on who's in, who's out, and what strategies will keep the Giants at the peak of their game.
Bruce Douglas Bochy is the manager of the San Francisco Giants. Prior to joining the Giants, Bochy had been the manager of the San Diego Padres for twelve seasons.
He has participated in all five postseason appearances in Padres history, as a backup catcher in 1984 and as their manager in 1996, 1998, 2005, and 2006. In 1998, he led the Padres to their first National League pennant in 14 years, where they lost to the New York Yankees in the World Series.
He reached the World Series for a second time in 2010, this time in a winning effort, and brought the first ever World Series Championship home to the city of San Francisco and the first for the franchise since 1954. He reached the World Series for the third time in 2012, also with the Giants. The Giants won the 2012 World Series in the 10th inning 4-3 over the Detroit Tigers in a 4 game sweep.
Bochy is both the first foreign-born manager to reach the World Series (1998) and the first European-born manager to win the World Series (2010).
Roy Eisenhardt practiced law for twelve years in San Francisco and taught at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law.
He was President of the Oakland Athletics and served as the Executive Director for the California Academy of Sciences for five years.
Roy Eisenhardt has been a frequent interviewer for City Arts & Lectures for the past fifteen years.
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.
"All of the sudden, we’re not the national pastime," bemoans Brian Sabean, general manager of the San Francisco Giants. Sabean attributes the national disinterest in baseball to a lack of scholarships for young players. With star athletes pursuing more lucrative deals in other sports, viewers follow them to the NFL and NBA, causing baseball ratings to plummet.
Giants general manager Brian Sabean praises the unorthodox management style of head coach Bruce Bochy, explaining that the Giants weren't held to strict rules and dress codes. "They wore their personalities on their sleeves," says Sabean. "They grew the beards, they were real."
Did you catch "fear the beard" fever following this band of baseball misfits during last year's World Series?