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Baseball: No Longer America's National Pastime?

All of the sudden, we're not the national pastime, says Brian Sabean, general manager of the San Francisco Giants. Sabean attributes the fall of baseball to a lack of scholarships for young players. With star athletes pursuing more lucrative deals in other sports, viewers follow them to the NFL and NBA, causing baseball ratings to plummet. ---- Now that they're the World Series champions, how can the San Francisco Giants stay on top and orchestrate a repeat performance in 2011? Come meet the people who strategized the Giants' World Series triumph and hear what's in store this season. Giants Manager Bochy and General Manager Sabean will take you behind the scenes and down into the dugout to give the lowdown on who's in, who's out, and what strategies will keep the Giants at the peak of their game. - The Commonwealth Club of California Brian R. Sabean is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the San Francisco Giants. He has held the job since 1997, when he replaced former General Manager Bob Quinn. Sabean's 13 years as the Giants' general manager is the longest run by a general manager in the club's history. Sabean has the longest tenure with the same club among active general managers. During his tenure, the Giants have won one World Series (2010), two National League pennants (2002 and 2010), four National League West Division flags (1997, 2000, 2003, and 2010), a National League Wild Card (2002) and forced a National League Wild Card tie-breaker game with Chicago in 1998. On two other occasions, the club was eliminated from post season contention on the last day of the season. He has guided the club to five post season berths - the club's most in an 11-season span since 1915--25. As of July 13, 2007, Sabean owns the ninth-highest winning percentage (.544, 927--777) among all general managers since 1950.
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