Scott Harris helped end WS drought & loves his mom

Scott Harris helped end WS drought & loves his mom

The Detroit Tigers front office just got a lot younger.

Few have climbed the baseball ranks as quickly as the Tigers’ new president of baseball operations, Scott Harris.

The Tigers made the move to hire Harris, 34, about a month after hiring Al Avila, who served as general manager and vice president, in the middle of the season. Harris was most recently the general manager of the San Francisco Giants.

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Harris helped end infamous drought – and he loves his ‘mum’

Harris started as an unpaid intern in the Washington Nationals organization in 2008 — a job he only got after sending letters to all 30 MLB general managers. He went from a Cincinnati Reds baseball operations internship to a position in New York City with the commissioner’s office.

Two years later, at the age of 25, the Chicago Cubs hired Harris in 2012 as director of baseball operations. By the time his seven-year tenure in the Windy City was over, which included the team’s 2016 World Series championship, he was promoted to assistant general manager under then-Cubs President Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer.

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Harris has long been seen as the young man in the room, so it didn’t help matters when Hoyer was in his office one day and his phone with the “mom” caller ID rang, according to a 2018 story in The Athletic.

This is what his boss at the time, Epstein, told the Athletic:

“He’s very bright and a very hard worker,” Epstein said. “He has a strong executive background. But you wouldn’t know it hanging around. He’s not one of these guys telling you where he got his degree, that he went to business school, that he worked in the commissioner’s office, that he knows the rules better than you. He is very easy to get along with, likes to be around him and makes the group better by being a great player. That is extremely important. And it goes a long way.

“Especially if you’re going to move quickly at a young age. People can be jealous of that and look for ways to upset you.

Leaving home for Motown

Harris is viewed as a jack-of-all-trades in the front office, handling everything in Chicago from player acquisitions and contract and trade negotiations to player evaluations and overseeing the research and development department.

Considered one of the brightest rising stars in the game, Harris was named the ninth GM in the history of the San Francisco Giants after the end of the 2019 season. Harris in his three seasons led the Giants to the fourth-best percentage wins in the National League (.557) and eighth-best in baseball.

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He also has ties to his two previous stops.

Harris was born and raised in Redwood City, California and attended Giants games at Candlestick Park as a child. After graduating from UCLA in 2009 (where he played on the club lacrosse team) with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Harris attended Columbia Business School while working for Major League Baseball. Baseball.

Halfway through his MBA at Columbia, he transferred to Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management to finish his degree in 2015. He didn’t have much of a choice; his mother wanted him to finish school but Epstein hired him to a lead role with the Cubs, which also happened to be the team he rooted for as a child thanks to his father, Rob, of Highland Park, Illinois from native

So how did he land an MBA from one of the top business schools in the nation and one of the most important jobs in the Cubs organization? Weekend classes.

“He would take a 1 a.m. flight from Phoenix and arrive in Chicago around 5 a.m. and he would sleep on an airport bench waiting for class,” his mother, Joanne, told the RedBluff Daily News.

Last year, Harris approached the Mets about their position of president of baseball operations, but reportedly declined to be a candidate, according to The Athletic and The New York Post.

He was considered one of the hottest commodities in baseball after helping Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi assemble a 107-win baseball team, the most in a single season in San Francisco history.

From one player’s fan to his manager

Harris has one brother, Chris, and one sister, KC Chris’ favorite player growing up was Will Clark. What is Clark doing these days? He is an assistant to the GM in San Francisco.

In other words, Harris became the boss.

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“(It’s) just nuts,” Chris RedBluff told the Daily News. “I always told Scott, I have to meet Will Clark. That’s one of my dreams.”

Avila has served in various capacities with the Tigers since 2002. Harris does not appear to have any ties to the Tigers or current manager AJ Hinch.

But that doesn’t seem to be a problem for the Tigers.

“I’m excited to have Scott Harris with us,” Hinch said. “Getting to know him over the last few weeks, what he wants for the future of our team and our organization is very encouraging and I know our fans will be as receptive as I am. to want to work tirelessly for him.

“We have a lot of work to do and today is a great step in the right direction on that path.”

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Meet Scott Harris: From Cubs to Giants to Detroit Tigers

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