BALTIMORE — Scott Harris was hired as the president of baseball operations for the Detroit Tigers and left the San Francisco Giants after three years as general manager.
The 36-year-old will take over from Tigers general manager Al Avila, who was fired on August 10. Detroit went 404-573 under Avila, who failed to take the team into the postseason during seven seasons where he oversaw baseball operations.
Detroit hoped to reach the postseason, but came last against Baltimore in the AL Central.
Harris has high hopes for the Tigers, who haven’t had a winning season since 2016 and last made it to the playoffs in 2014.
“He’s all in. He wants to win the World Series,” Detroit manager AJ Hinch said in the dugout. “He’s competitive. He wants to win. He’s made it clear to me that that’s a priority for him, and that’s what you want to hear when you’re in my situation.”
Harris has been instrumental in bolstering San Francisco’s roster for the past three seasons, where he served under president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi. The Giants went 107-55 in 2021 to win the NL West, the best regular season record in franchise history. The Giants were 205-163 during Harris’ three seasons in San Francisco.
“Scott’s vision for establishing a baseball organization to compete and win in the modern game is impressive,” Tigers CEO Christopher Ilitch said in a statement.
Born in Redwood City, California, Harris graduated from UCLA in 2009, attended Columbia Business School, and received a Masters of Business Administration degree from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management in 2015.
Harris worked for the Washington Nationals in 2008, the Cincinnati Reds in 2010, and the 2010-12 Commissioner’s Office as Major League Operations Coordinator.
He joined the Chicago Cubs in 2012 as director of baseball operations and was promoted to assistant general manager in 2018.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde, a coach with the 2014-18 Cubs, thinks the Tigers have hired a winner.
“I am a huge Scott Harris fan. He’s extremely smart, great with people, an incredible listener,” Hyde said. “He has great people skills and makes very good, thoughtful decisions. That’s a great asset.”
Hinch wholeheartedly agreed.
“Chris did an incredible, thorough search. He was tireless in his efforts to find our next leader, and he landed an exceptional person,” Hinch said. “Man, it’s inspiring to see the direction of the franchise and what Scott can bring to the organization.”
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