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San Francisco Giants Executive Shares Key Ingredient to Success

Bobby Evans has been part of the winning culture in San Francisco Giants baseball for over 20 years. Working his way through the front office, today Bobby is the General Manager where his quiet strength sets an example for the entire organization. Read Transcript

NARRATOR: This is AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco

Giants, who build championship quality

teams, not with baseball cards and fantasy leagues.


Their general manager, Bobby Evans,

is the real deal and the guy that makes the real deals.

Come on.

Just sign this guy.

Trade for him.

What would we be surprised about in the process that complicates

it or that accommodates it?

Yeah, there's so many different elements

that factor into decisions.

What our staff and player development people

understand about the person, as well as the performance,

but also their work ethic and the makeup of the player,

dependence upon the analytics of the game now.

There's economic factors.

It is a complex formula, but again, it's an organic process.

It can't happen overnight.

Some things just take time.

NARRATOR: Like his ascent within the organization.

Hired in 1994 as an administrative assistant,

Bobby has now emerged as both senior vice president and GM

of the Giants three time World Series champions

over the past seven seasons.

On the field, does it get harder or easier

sustaining that success?

It is hard.

It is getting harder.

I don't think it's getting easier.

There's obstacles from a financial perspective.

There's obstacles in terms of the pool of talent,

the competition.

You know, teams are getting better and stronger,

and they're sustaining success.


You know, players are getting older.

You know, the turnover is a hard part of it.

For you, in the role that you are-- winning aside,

that's always a given.

But there's only room for one.

What do you value the most in measuring success?

That's a great question.

There's a lot of ways to measure success.

But for us, on the field, it's having sustained success

and having a chance to compete year in and year out.

But I think that there's other ways,

and just in terms of the culture of the organization

and the hard work of our scouts, from whether it be free agent

signings, trades, or players coming up through the system,

a lot of our success is measured in what kind of impact

we make in the community of San Francisco and the Bay Area.

And you see success measured in the hearts of our players

in terms of how they reach out.

NARRATOR: The year-round roster changes are time consuming.

Bobby's phone is never off, often requiring

three full recharges per day.

How did you guys do it without a cell phone?

When When I first started, I had to find the payphone

in the restaurant first.

That was first and foremost.

And if they didn't have a pay phone,

I had to find a new restaurant.

NARRATOR: As a major league GM, Bobby

is among a small fraternity of only 30 pro baseball


While his field of view is focused,

his perspective stays simple.

What's cool about this sight line, nobody else gets?

No, the best part of this seat is that the cookies and coffee

are in that room.

How do you walk, Bobby, that tightrope of overseeing

the organization, bringing guys in as a commodity to fill

a need while caring for their well-being?

Well, I think it just goes hand in hand.

I mean, we care about the whole person,

and so this organization is its people and it is its players.

And I think, as general managers,

we don't want to lead our players astray,

to make decisions that affect their family and their future

and their career based on misinformation.

It all goes together.

Unless you value them first as a person,

you'll never value them appropriately as a player.

NARRATOR: Bobby's league-wide reputation

for integrity and consistency spans

and links his public and private life.

One of the ways I keep up with some of my closer friends

is they come out to the ballpark.

It blends sort of two worlds together,

and it's a great industry for families.

It's hard, because you spend time apart as you work here.

But how many places can you work where

your family is so welcome to come out and be a part of it?

We should strive to be the same person, whether in a business

meeting at the office, or we're in a Bible study or--

How is excellence tied to biblical living?

I mean, I think that's what Christ calls us to,

our best in Christ.

And our best in Christ is really our best beyond ourselves,

when our dependence is on Him and not on ourselves

and our trust is in Him, and we're not performing for Him.

We're trusting Him and allowing Him

to do the work that He will do in His time in us

and through us.

How does that practically assist you?

There's a dependence on Him, and that's just

part of life lived day to day.

I look back on times in my life where

I've experienced His presence, at a time where

I felt like I needed direction, when I needed comfort and had

lost my mom, and then not long later my dad, and--

wisdom in the midst of His guidance.

But it's ultimately, it's a relationship

that Christ gives us with Him, that we're privileged.

NARRATOR: The engineer and lead negotiator

for one of baseball's storied franchises

remains true to his childhood faith in his own pursuit

of excellence.

BOBBY EVANS: Part of relationships

require time with Him and having the discipline

to spend time hearing His voice or are seeking Him

through his word.

As a man, a husband, and a father,

there's no way to do it alone.


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