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Giants owners embrace state of surging franchise

Giants owners embrace state of surging franchise

Giants owners embrace state of surging franchise
DETROIT -- Peter Magowan, the former managing general partner of the Giants, made a brief appearance in the zaniness of San Francisco's post-World Series victory clubhouse. Larry Baer, the team's president and now the chief executive and control person, accepted the trophy from Commissioner Bud Selig.

Magowan said he was trying to keep a low profile after the Giants defeated the Tigers, 4-3, in 10 innings at Comerica Park on Sunday night to sweep the World Series. It's San Francisco's second World Series victory in the past three years.

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"I couldn't be better," said Magowan, who was the club's managing general partner after its purchase from Bob Lurie on Jan. 12, 1993, to Oct. 1, 2008. "Two years ago was very special and this year is also very special. But I'm out of it now. I should be out of the talking business."

Baer has been with the Giants since the current ownership group took over the club, and he replaced Bill Neukom as chief executive this past Jan. 1. This is the conclusion of Baer's first full year as the voice of the club.

Baer was ecstatic at the club's current state of affairs. Prior to the Giants' five-game victory over the Rangers in 2010, they hadn't won the World Series since 1954, when their home was New York's Polo Grounds. This is an unprecedented era of success in the San Francisco history of the franchise, which began in 1958.

"You know what? This never gets old," Baer said. "It's an amazing feeling. This group, to play in such an improbable way, overcame more than anybody can imagine. In that respect, I don't know how it could be sweeter. It just builds on what happened two years ago. The fans have a love affair with these players. That's just energized everybody throughout the year and throughout the last couple of years."

Is this as close as the Giants have ever come to being a dynasty?

"I don't know," Baer said. "It's so hard in sports. It's so competitive. It's so difficult. But what I love about this is that we did a lot of this with home-grown players. [General manager] Brian [Sabean] has done an amazing job finding them, finding guys who we can keep for a long time. Brian and his staff have just been spectacular in that regard.

"So I don't want to pronounce anything other than that these guys have worked their butts off to make it happen. They don't assume anything. That's one of the reasons we have a chance to win."

Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow@boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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