The Union Democrat

Gaints’ Zaidi named MLB Executive of the Year


Farhan Zaidi, the architect of a Giants team that won a franchise-record 107 games, was named Executive of the Year by Major League Baseball on Monday.

In their third season since hiring Zaidi away from the Dodgers, the Giants ended their rivals’ run of eight NL West titles, holding off a Los Angeles team that finished with 106 wins.

As a team, the Giants set a franchise season record with 241 home runs and their pitching staff posted the majors’ secondlowe­st ERA at 3.24.

Zaidi, 44, won the award as voted on by each of the 30 teams. He is the Giants’ president of baseball operations. Tampa Bay executive Erik Neander was second and Milwaukee executive David Stearns finished third. This is the fourth season of the award.

“This is a tremendous and well-deserved honor and a reflection of the talent, hard work and dedication of our entire baseball operations department,” Giants Chairman Greg Johnson said in a statement from the team. “Farhan continues to strengthen our organizati­on both on the field and in the front office and we are proud that his work is recognized by his peers throughout baseball.”

Zaidi was also named Sporting News’ Executive of the Year last month. His acquisitio­ns with the Giants have included starting pitchers Kevin Gausman and Alex Wood, closer Jake Mcgee and position players Mike Yastrzemsk­i, Lamonte Wade Jr., Darin Ruf and — at this year’s trade deadline

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