Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations
Brian Sabean begins his 26th season with the San Francisco Giants and his fourth as the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations after being promoted to the position on April 3, 2015.
Sabean spent the previous 18 years as the Giants' Senior Vice President and General Manager and during this time the club captured seven post-season berths (including four World Series appearances and three Championships), with the club having earned more than half of its 11 overall playoff appearances since moving West. Prior to his promotion, he had been the longest tenured General Manager in Major League Baseball.
In his time as the club's GM, the Giants won three World Championships (2010, 2012, 2014), four National League pennants (2002, 2010, 2012, 2014), five NL West Division flags (1997, 2000, 2003, 2010 and 2012), two Wild Card entries (2002, 2014) and forced a Wild Card tie-breaker game with Chicago in 1998, while posting a 1,556-1,358-1 (.534) mark during that 18-year span. During this stretch, the Giants were one of only three teams in the Major Leagues to have been to the World Series four-or-more times (also: Cardinals, four times and Yankees, six times).
In his 32nd season as a baseball front office executive, the 61-year-old Sabean was honored as the 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. In 2012, he 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.
Recently under Sabean's watch, the Giants' organization 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 acquired some of the game's best players via trades. They included Giants' All-Stars Jeff Kent, Jason Schmidt, Marco Scutaro 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, Javier Lopez, Jake Peavy, Hunter Pence, Freddy Sanchez and Randy Winn.
Prior to being named 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.