Farhan Zaidi filled the Giants leadership gap with three words: Athletic

The Giants hired Farhan Zaidi in hopes that one day he would become their leader. However, for the most part, they needed to modernize the way they assess, acquire, and develop talent. It is up to Zaidi to handle that massive task first. The leadership part would come later and through organic means.

But not even a month after Zaidi’s hiring, a previously uncontroversial Giants-owned group was mired in scandal. Charles Johnson, who was hardly known to fans, was scrutinized for the donations he and his wife made to the campaign of Mississippi senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who had commented on a “public hanging” that sounded bad in 2018 and it would certainly be considered even worse now. (Hyde-Smith was also photographed wearing a Confederate soldier hat in 2014.) Johnson was never the Giants’ front-end leader representing the property. That was Larry Baer, ​​whom Major League Baseball suspended the following March after a public altercation with his …