Tigers hire GM Scott Harris as head of baseball operations

Baltimore, Maryland. – Tigers have their new boss.

The Tigers announced Monday the appointment of Scott Harris, general manager of the San Francisco Giants, as their chief of baseball operations.

Harris, 36, was the Giants’ general manager for three seasons after serving multiple positions in Cubs’ baseball operations division for seven years under Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.

The Cubs played in post-season for four consecutive years during his tenure and won the 2018 World Championship and the Giants set a franchise record with 107 wins last season.

“Throughout this extensive research process, we were determined to find the best person to run our baseball operations,” Chris Illich, Tigers CEO and Chairman, said in a team statement. “Scott’s vision of how to create a baseball organization to compete and win in the modern game is impressive. His leadership ability has been honed through his experience as a CEO on multiple levels and mentorship from some of the game’s most talented baseball operations leaders.

“Scott is a team maker, innovator and fiercely competitive, always looking for an edge. We are excited to welcome Scott and fiancée Elle into the Tiger family, and look forward to the bright future for our organization.”

Tigers will introduce Harris at a press conference on Tuesday at 2:30.

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“This is an exciting day for me and my family, and I am humbled to have the opportunity to lead baseball operations for the Detroit Tigers,” Harris said in the statement. “The Tigers have a rich history and tradition as a chartered member of the Major League, and I can’t wait to work on the next chapter in Tiger baseball. I want to thank Chris Ilitch for believing in my vision for this organization and for being so accommodating throughout the interview process. I also want to thank Greg Johnson, Rob Dean, and Farhan Zaidi. Larry Baer and the entire Giants Organization for their support over the past three years.”

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Tigers manager AJ Hinch said, “I am really excited to have Scott Harris join us as Head of Baseball Operations.

“Getting to know him over the past few weeks, what he wants for the future of our team and organization is really inspiring and something I know our fans will embrace as much as I do. His vision and expectations of winning make it easy for him to work tirelessly for him. We have a lot of work to do. Today is a great step in the right direction on this path.”

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