The Giants' 2019 regular season ends Sunday afternoon.
But that's when Farhan Zaidi's job begins in earnest.
With Bruce Bochy retiring after 13 years as Giants manager, Zaidi is tasked with finding the next skipper of the storied franchise.
Whoever Zaidi hires will have to follow in the footsteps of an icon, so the choice has to be right.
The only other manager that Zaidi has hired is doing pretty well for himself. Back in 2016, when Zaidi was the general manager of the Dodgers, he helped hired Dave Roberts.
All Roberts has done in four seasons is compile a 392-256 record in Los Angeles.
Earlier in September, Roberts told The Athletic how he was able to make a good impression on Zaidi.
“I think the way I stood out, I was authentic,” Roberts told Andrew Baggarly. “I wasn’t trying to please them. I wasn’t trying to say the right thing. I basically showed them who I was and gave them my thoughts on everything: how you manage players or information, what I value as a manager and coach, and they appreciated the honesty and the open-mindedness.”
Roberts made sure to warn Giants fans that the search to replace Bochy won't be quick. There are going to be countless media reports on interviews and meetings.
“It’s going to be a long process,” Roberts told The Athletic. “And they’re going to land on a guy that will fit the Giants for the near term and the long term.”
For all the old-school Giants fans concerned that Zaidi is going to hire a computer geek to manage the team, Roberts has some words that will ease those fears.
“Farhan is one of the brightest guys I’ve come across,” Roberts told Baggarly. “People put him in a box like, ‘He’s an analytics guy, he’s from MIT, so he looks at the world through one lens.’ But it couldn’t be further than that. He’s as open-minded as anyone I’ve ever been around."
“I think the world of him. He’s very process-driven, which you have to be in this day and age with so much media and so much expectations. He does a great job looking at the content of a person and what a potential manager could bring — not only to the players but to the organization and being an advocate.”
The only reported candidate so far is Dodgers bench coach and former A's manager Bob Geren, and Baggarly believes Zaidi could interview 12 to 15 candidates.
So buckle up Giants fans. This process will take so many twists and turns, it will make you dizzy.
But Roberts believes Zaidi will find the right person to take over for Bochy.