Farhan Zaidi

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Farhan Zaidi
Born (1976-11-11) November 11, 1976 (age 42)[1]
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada[2]
Nationality American
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology University of California, Berkeley
Occupation General Manager
Years active 2005 - present
Employer Los Angeles Dodgers

Farhan Zaidi (born November 11, 1976)[3] is a Canadian-American sports executive of Pakistani descent.[2] He is currently the General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Zaidi was born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada[4] and raised in the Philippines[5] after his family moved to Manila when he was 4 years old.[6] He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate of philosophy (PhD) in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.[7] He briefly worked for the Boston Consulting Group[7] and the Sporting News website between MIT and Berkeley.[5]

While at Berkeley, he read the book Moneyball and it changed his life.[2] He saw a job posting for a baseball operations position with the Oakland Athletics and sent out his resume, beating out 1,000 other applicants for the job.[5] He was a data analysis sabermetrics assistant when he started.[8] His boss with the Athletics, Billy Beane called him "absolutely brilliant" and credited him with the acquisition of Cuban star Yoenis Céspedes.[9]

For the 2013 season he was promoted by the Athletics to the post of Director of Baseball Operations[10] and added Assistant General Manager to his title in 2014.[11]

On November 6, 2014, he was hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers as their new general manager.[12]

Zaidi is one of two Muslim executives in Major League Baseball.[9] He is the first Muslim general manager of any American professional sports franchise.

References

  1. http://www.torontosun.com/2014/11/11/dodgers-gm-celebrates-birthday-in-style
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Kennedy, Brendan (May 24, 2014). "Oakland A's executive changing the face of baseball". Toronto Star. Retrieved November 5, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. http://www.torontosun.com/2014/11/11/dodgers-gm-celebrates-birthday-in-style
  4. http://www.torontosun.com/2014/11/11/dodgers-gm-celebrates-birthday-in-style
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Hecht Maxwell, Jill (April 19, 2011). "Farhan Zaidi '98". Technology Review. Retrieved November 5, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. http://www.thestar.com/sports/baseball/2014/11/05/canadianborn_farhan_zaidi_to_be_named_los_angeles_dodgers_gm.html
  7. 7.0 7.1 "AP source: Dodgers hiring A's Farhan Zaidi as GM". ESPN.com. Associated Press. November 4, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "An Interview with Farhan Zaidi of the Oakland A's". sabernomics.com. May 25, 2005. Retrieved November 5, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. 9.0 9.1 Slusser, Susan (February 4, 2014). "A's exec GM Farhan Zaidi takes old- and new-school approach". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 5, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Exclusive: A's Director of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi Talks Top Prospects with A's Farm – Part 1". A's Farm. March 7, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Lockard, Melissa (February 19, 2014). "Oakland A's Spring Q&A: Farhan Zaidi, Part 1". scout.com. Retrieved November 5, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Dodgers hire Farhan Zaidi as GM". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 6, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ned Colletti
Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager
2014–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent