07/13/2007 2:24 PM ET
Giants, Sabean agree on two-year extension with option for 2010
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants have signed Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean to a two-year contract with a club option for the 2010 campaign, club President and Managing Partner Peter Magowan announced this morning.
Honored as Major League Baseball's Executive of the Year by both The Sporting News and Baseball America in 2003, Sabean owns the ninth-highest winning percentage (.544, 927-777) among all general managers since 1950. Currently in his 11th year at the helm of the Giants, he has guided the club to four post season berths - the club's most in an 11-season span since 1915-25.
"When you look at Brian's body of work over his 11 seasons with the Giants, it's evident that he is a shrewd baseball man who will find a way to get this team back to where we all want it to be," said Magowan. "While we are certainly disappointed with the way that things have gone this season, I'm fully confident that Brian and Bruce (Bochy) will get us back on the right track. I look back on the job Brian did his first year as General Manager in 1997, when we clinched our first NL West title in eight years and compiled 22 more victories than the previous season. After the 2002 National League Championship season, he had to almost completely retool the club - and the team still went on to win 100 games and the NL West in 2003. I believe that he's the person to get the job done."
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. On two other occasions, the club was eliminated from post season contention on the last day of the season.
"Obviously, I am thankful and looking forward to having the opportunity to move this team in the right direction and I want to thank Peter, Larry (Baer) and the Giants organization for their continued support over the years," said Sabean. "Clearly, the past two and a half seasons have been a disappointment to all of us in the front office and to our fans. Moving forward, our goal is to win at the Major League level while also developing a younger roster."
Of the 28 players on the Giants' active roster and Disabled List, 13 are homegrown products who were either drafted or signed as amateurs by San Francisco. The pitching staff alone has nine players produced solely by the club, including highly regarded starters Matt Cain, Noah Lowry and Tim Lincecum, as well as relievers Brad Hennessey, Kevin Correia, Jonathan Sanchez and Jack Taschner.
Prior to his appointment to GM in 1996, Sabean served one season as the Giants' senior vice president, player personnel in 1995 after a three-year post as an assistant to the general manager and vice president of scouting/player personnel. Before coming to San Francisco in 1993, he had a vital role in developing the Yankees' farm system into one of baseball's finest, having drafted or signed as amateurs the likes of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, J.T. Snow, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte.
Sabean's 11 years as the Giants architect is the longest run by a general manager in the club's history, surpassing Spec Richardson (seven seasons, 1975-81), Al Rosen (seven seasons, 1986-92) and Tom Haller (five seasons, 1981-85). He also owns the fifth-longest tenure with the same club among active general managers, behind only Atlanta's John Schuerholz (17 years), Minnesota's Terry Ryan (13 years), St. Louis' Walt Jocketty (13 years) and San Diego's Kevin Towers (12 years).