Brian R. Sabean
Senior Vice President and General Manager
Brian Sabean, who is currently the longest-tenured General Manager in Major League Baseball, was named San Francisco's senior vice president and general manager on Sept. 30, 1996. During his 16 years as GM, he has seen the Giants capture six post season berths (including three World Series appearances and two Championships), with the club under his watch having earned more than half of its ten overall playoff appearances since moving West.
In 2012, Sabean was named Baseball America’s Executive of the Year as he stewarded the Giants to their second World Series Championship in his tenure as General Manager. During the campaign, he acquired several key players and was strategic with call-ups down the stretch of the season.
In his 22nd year with the organization, and 29th season as a baseball front office executive, the 57 year-old Sabean was honored as 2010 Major League Baseball Executive of the Year by the Boston Chapter of the BBWAA. He was tabbed with the same honor by both The Sporting News and Baseball America in 2003.
Since Sabean assumed the GM reins following the 1996 season, the Giants have won two World Championships (2010 and 2012), three National League pennants (2002, 2010 and 2012), five NL West Division flags (1997, 2000, 2003, 2010 and 2012), been a Wild Card entry (2002) and forced a Wild Card tie-breaker game with Chicago in 1998, while posting a 1,392-1,198-1 (.537) mark during that 16-year span. This winning percentage is sixth overall in MLB, the third best in the National League and best in the NL West Division during Sabean's tenure. In addition, under Sabean, the Giants are one of only three teams in the Major Leagues that have been to the World Series three times or more since 1997 (also: Cardinals, 3 times and Yankees, 6 times) and are third in the National League with six post-season appearances in that span.
Recently under Sabean's watch, the Giants' organization has received prestigious awards, being named the Topps Organization of the Year in both 2009 and 2011 and the Baseball America Organization of the Year in 2010. These awards are given to Major League teams that show outstanding performance, depth and talent throughout their Major and Minor league teams.
In his first year as the Giants’ GM, the Concord, NH native finished second in The Sporting News’ 1997 Executive of the Year balloting. He seized national headlines for his bold player moves that season, engineering some of baseball’s most successful blockbuster trades, which catapulted San Francisco to its first divisional championship in eight years.
During his tenure as GM, Sabean has acquired some of the game's best players via trades. They have included: Giants' All-Stars Jeff Kent, Jason Schmidt and Robb Nen, as well as standout performers Ellis Burks, Joe Carter, Andres Galarraga, Kenny Lofton, Jose Mesa and J.T. Snow. The Giants GM has been known to bring reinforcements during the July 31 trading deadline, acquiring the likes of Carlos Beltran, Burks, Javier Lopez, Pence, Freddy Sanchez, Schmidt, Scutaro and Randy Winn.
The team architect also brought future Hall of Famers Omar Vizquel to San Francisco in 2005 and Randy Johnson in 2008, while adding Giants' All-Star Benito Santiago in 2001, two-time Gold Glove catcher Bengie Molina and five-time National League All-Star (and eventual 2010 World Series MVP) Edgar Renteria in 2009.
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.
Sabean, who graduated from Concord (NH) High School in 1974 and Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, FL) in 1978, served as an assistant baseball coach at St. Leo (FL) College in 1979 and the University of Tampa from 1980-82. He was then promoted to head coach at Tampa in 1983, holding that post for two years, compiling a 61-36 record and making the school's first-ever appearance in an NCAA regional tournament in 1984.
Sabean and his wife, Amanda, have two sons, Aidan and Declan. They are also the proud dad and stepmom to Colin, Sean, Brendan and Darren.
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