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Giants hire Farhan Zaidi as president of baseball operations

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Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants, as expected, have hired Farhan Zaidi as the president of baseball operations. The two sides had been linked for much of the past week, so it came as no surprise that this conclusion was reached. The Giants fired GM Bobby Evans in September.

Zaidi, 41, was the GM of the Dodgers since November 2014. Though it didn’t result in a championship, he presided over a long stretch of success for the franchise, as the club reached the postseason in every season and reached the World Series in each of the last two years. Zaidi got his start with the Athletics under Billy Beane.

Notably, Zaidi is one of two Muslim baseball executives and the only Muslim GM of an American professional sports team.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.