SAN FRANCISCO -- Nine months ago, Larry Baer, Farhan Zaidi and Bruce Bochy hopped on a flight to Las Vegas to meet with Bryce Harper. A lot has changed since then.
The Giants knew Bochy's time as manager was coming to an end, but they could not have predicted the way their management structure would change before the end of 2019.
On Thursday, MLB announced that Greg Johnson has been approved as the club's control person, and the Giants simultaneously announced that Rob Dean will now be their vice chairman. Each MLB club has a designated control person who is accountable to the league.
Dean had previously served as interim control person after taking over for Baer, who was suspended through July 1. Johnson and Dean now will serve as managing members and Baer and Zaidi, the president of baseball operations, will report to them. Johnson, Dean and Baer will represent the Giants at MLB's owners' meetings.
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Johnson is the son of Charles Johnson, who owns nearly a third of the team, more than any other individual or group. Greg Johnson is chairman and CEO of Franklin Templeton Investments.
The Johnson family has been part of the ownership group since 1993.