San Francisco Giants team president Farhan Zaidi
Farhan Zaidi was generally given the benefit of the doubt in 2019.
Sure, he took some heat for allowing Michael Reed and Connor Joe to be the team’s starting corner outfielders on Opening Day, but many praised him for deadline moves while walking the line between buying and selling after the team made a surprise push toward contention in July.
But the decision to hire Kapler was the first one that was publicly hated, and viscerally so. Anyone would have had a heck of a time trying to replace Bochy, but with Kapler, it was even more egregious that this is the guy to follow a legend.
Even without the very serious concerns about his past handling of assault allegations within the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Zaidi hiring a guy who managed a fairly loaded roster to a .500 record over the last two seasons in Philadelphia was enough to raise a few eyebrows.
The heat Zaidi has taken for the decision didn’t come as a surprise, so it’s clear he thinks highly enough of Kapler to endure the initial backlash. Still, I can’t help but compare Kapler’s hiring to when the 49ers hired Chip Kelly. It was controversial, kind of weird, and seem destined to be short-lived.
Then again, if the team starts to win, then many will forgive and forget.
Sticking with the front office theme, let’s take a closer look at how the hiring impacts the new general manager.