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Bill Neukom out as Giants CEO; new guy says payroll, priorities staying the same

Sep 15, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

San Francisco Giants owner Bill Neukom speaks to the fans at a rally after his team's World Series victory parade in San Francisco Reuters

As was reported last night, Bill Neukom was forced out as the Giants CEO and he was replaced today by Larry Baer.  There was a press conference about all of this earlier this afternoon and Mychael Urban of was there to cover it.  The highlights:

  • Although the original reports of the ownership group’s displeasure with Neukom (that he didn’t communicate well with the other owners and that they learned about stuff in the newspaper first) were downplayed, they weren’t denied, either.  No one said Neukom was “forced out,” but no one said he wasn’t either (Neukom quibbled with that characterization). Which, if you’ve been around business people for any amount of time in your life means that (a) there were communication problems; and (b) he was forced out;
  • Payroll is not going to go down.  This doesn’t mean it will go up, but it’s not going down; and
  • There will be no change in the Giants’ views about the A’s in San Jose. Meaning: the Giants still don’t want the A’s in San Jose.
  • Neukom is divesting his ownership interest. Which is sort of what happens when a guy gets shoved aside by his partners.

As a whole, this sounds like a primarily internal thing. It doesn’t sound like the ownership group had grave issues with what Neukom was doing in any way that will affect the fan experience.

  1. feartherallythong - Sep 15, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Never trust a guy wearing anachronistic clothing styles.
    No, wait! It was, “Never get involved in a land war in Asia!”

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 15, 2011 at 4:53 PM

      He looks like a pie eater to me.

      • bennoj - Sep 15, 2011 at 5:14 PM

        While I did work at the same law firm as Bill Neukom for a number of years, I was mostly at my desk down in IT making sure the SQL Servers didn’t die so we never interacted. I did walk by his office a number of times, but never in any situation as to either confirm or deny his alleged love for pie, for which he would be fully justified should such allegations turn out to be true.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 15, 2011 at 5:59 PM

        That is the problem. If he had been a cake eater he probably would not have been ousted. There is something to be said about having you cake and eating it too.

  2. feartherallythong - Sep 15, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    MS SQL or mySQL?
    Oops, sorry, forgot this was a baseball blog, as opposed to database or culinary…

    • bennoj - Sep 15, 2011 at 5:55 PM

      One of our name partners was Bill Gates, Sr. You can draw your own conclusions as to which database platform we used…

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