This offseason, two familiar faces returned to the MLB scene.
Longtime San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy was hired to be the new manager of the Texas Rangers.
Shortly thereafter, former Giants General Manager Brian Sabean was hired to a position in the New York Yankees front office.
Both were together for the Giants’ three World Series titles in 2010, 2012, and 2014, respectively.
Now, both of them are back in the game and set to help usher in new eras of baseball for their respective organizations.
Sabean was recently asked about his and Bochy’s returns.
He responded by jokingly saying that they were not dinosaurs and that their returns prove that they themselves are not extinct.
#Yankees executive Brian Sabean on the return of #Rangers manager Bruce Bochy and himself: ‘We were not dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are extinct. Getting these jobs proves that we are not extinct.’’ https://t.co/DqAPlHzHBp
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 6, 2023
The Yankees chose to bring back Sabean to help balance the strategy of the front office.
The Yankees front office is heavy on analytics, so they felt that it was important to add somebody who had a background in scouting, which Sabean does.
The 66-year-old will serve as an executive advisor to Yankees General Manager and Senior Vice President Brian Cashman.
He spent 18 seasons in the Giants organization, succeeding former GM Bob Quinn.
San Francisco had 13 winning seasons in Sabean’s 18-year tenure.
At the very least, the Yankees now have somebody who has winning experience and can help create some balance in the front office between the analytical and scouting approaches to drafting, developing, and evaluating talent.
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