Slusser: A’s executive Farhan Zaidi takes old-school approach

From Susan Slusser at the San Francisco Chronicle on February 5, 2014:

One of the most creative forces in the A’s front office is becoming one of the hottest names in major-league baseball.

Farhan Zaidi, 37, is an MIT-educated baseball analyst with a doctorate from UC Berkeley in behavioral economics, but he’s moved beyond the number-crunching that was initially his specialty. And with the 2014 season approaching – FanFest is Saturday, and pitchers and catchers report next week – Zaidi got a promotion: He was named assistant general manager/baseball operations Tuesday.

“He’s absolutely brilliant,” Oakland general manager Billy Beane said. “He has a great qualitative mind, but also a creative mind. The ability to look at things both micro and macro is unique, and Farhan could do whatever he wants to do, not just in this game, but in any sport or any business. I’m more worried about losing him to Apple or Google than I am to another team.”

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Originally published: February 5, 2014. Last Updated: February 5, 2014.