Farhan Zaidi

Farhan Zaidi
Born (1976-11-11) November 11, 1976[1]
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada[2]
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

University of California, Berkeley
Occupation General Manager
Years active 2005 - present
Employer Los Angeles Dodgers

Farhan Zaidi (born November 11, 1976)[3] is a Canadian-American sports executive of Pakistani descent.[2] He is currently the General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Zaidi was born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada[4] and raised in the Philippines[5] after his family moved to Manila when he was 4 years old.[6] He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate of philosophy (PhD) in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.[7] He briefly worked for the Boston Consulting Group[7] and the Sporting News website between MIT and Berkeley.[5]

While at Berkeley, he read the book Moneyball and it changed his life.[2] He saw a job posting for a baseball operations position with the Oakland Athletics and sent out his resume, beating out 1,000 other applicants for the job.[5] He was a data analysis sabermetrics assistant when he started.[8] His boss with the Athletics, Billy Beane called him "absolutely brilliant" and credited him with the acquisition of Cuban star Yoenis Céspedes.[9]

For the 2013 season he was promoted by the Athletics to the post of Director of Baseball Operations[10] and added Assistant General Manager to his title in 2014.[11]

On November 6, 2014, he was hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers as their new general manager.[12]

Zaidi is one of two Muslim executives in Major League Baseball.[9] He is the first Muslim general manager of any American professional sports franchise.


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ned Colletti
Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager
Succeeded by
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