The Biz of Baseball is pleased to publish an audio interview with Larry Baer, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for the San Francisco Giants. The interview is courtesy of Sports Business Radio, who we continue to partner with.
Baer is responsible for the overall day-to-day functioning of the Giants organization, both on the business and baseball sides of the operation. A key leader in assembling the new ownership group and negotiating the 1992 sale which kept the Giants in San Francisco, he has been a key strategist and negotiator of the club’s major transactions since that time, beginning with the Barry Bonds signing in November 1992.
Topics include the creation and private financing of PacBell Park and the difficulties of private financing today; the process of bidding and landing the All-Star Game; how the Giants are planning to commemorate Barry Bonds’ surpassing Hank Aaron’s all-time homerun record; whether there are new sponsors that have come on-board due to Bonds’ home run chase; why Peter Magowan and the Giants sent a letter to season ticket holders after signing Bonds’ to an extension; how Baer views the relationship of Giants fans to Barry Bonds’; and his perspective on the Barry Zito signing.
Key quotes by Baer include…
On Barry Zito and his personal qualities: “On the last day of Spring Training he went down to the minor league complex and took every minor leaguer in the organization out to dinner.”
On any plans the Giants have to commemorate Bonds home run chase: “The answer to that question is, we don’t have a plan.”
To listen to the interview in MP3, select the following link:
(Audio) The Larry Baer Interview
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