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By Murray Chass

October 23, 2014

The New York Yankees are not in this World Series, but a bunch of their alumni are. They are executives, coaches and scouts, and they have done for the San Francisco Giants what their equivalent Yankees’ contingent hasn’t been able to do since 2009.

And to make the picture even bleaker for the Yankees, Brian Sabean’s squad of former Yankees has won the World Series twice and has the Giants in their third since Brian Cashman’s crew last played in and last won the World Series.

The Giants’ band of former Yankees includes the team’s top two baseball executives, four of Bruce Bochy’s seven-man coaching staff and a relatively large assortment of scouting, player development and minor league personnel.

Brian Sabean, who has been the Giants’ general manager for 18 years, is the most important member of the Yankees’ expatriates. He is the architect of the Giants’ World Series champions, and he has recruited and hired the other Yankees’ expatriates.

“You make those contacts and develop relationships over time,” Sabean said by telephone from Kansas City before Game 2 of the World Series.

“That’s not unusual. People in baseball go back to their roots a lot of the time.”

Sabean’s roots in New York began when he went to work for the Yankees in 1984 after having been the head baseball coach at the University of Tampa. He spent eight years with the Yankees, primarily in scouting and player development.

It was during Sabean’s tenure that the Yankees signed and/or drafted Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter.

Sabean moved to the Giants in 1993, and the Yankees’ minor league system hasn’t …

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By Murray Chass

October 19, 2014

After the Kansas City Royals completed their stunning sweep of the Baltimore Orioles for the American League pennant, Jackie Autry, the league’s honorary president, presented the title trophy to the Royals’ owner, David Glass.

As I watched this improbable scene, I thought of how undeserving Glass was of any kind of trophy. But then I talked with Glass on the telephone and when I hung up I had two good reasons for giving him credit for the Royals’ presence in the World Series.

If Dayton Moore is the major league executive of the year, which he should be for building the Royals into a World Series participant, Glass should be owner of the year for hiring Moore in the first place and then letting him do his job for more than eight years without telling him what to do, a temptation many owners can’t resist.

“He said it would take seven to nine years,” the 79-year-old owner said. “We stayed the course and didn’t deviate from it.”

It took the Royals 29 years to get back to …

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By Murray Chass

October 16, 2014

This is a tale of two general managers:

(Which would be more likely to be fired; which would be more likely to stay with a new contract?)

General Manager Team A
* Has operated payrolls totaling $433 million the past two seasons
* Has failed to make the playoffs the past two years

General Manager Team B
* Has operated payrolls totaling $451 million the past two seasons
* Has won division championship the past two years

If you haven’t guessed, Team A is …

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