Giants GM Rosen resigns with new owners on way

November 21, 1992|By McClatchy News Service

SAN FRANCISCO -- He was generally portrayed as a businessman far more ruthless than emotional, but when Al Rosen yesterday closed the book on a lifetime of baseball, he did so in a wavering voice and with tears streaming down Candlestick wind-reddened cheeks.

"Obviously," said Rosen, forcing a smile, "I'm not very good at resigning."

But resign he did. At a halting news conference in the ballpark that since late 1985 has been his working home, Rosen, 68, made official the end of his tenure as San Francisco Giants president and general manager, effective Dec. 31.

Word of Rosen's departure was joined almost immediately by the news that executive vice president Corey Busch, like Rosen a close friend of owner Bob Lurie, also is resigning at the end of the year.

Thus were delivered the first two major preludes to the change of power that is anticipated next month, when baseball is expected to approve Lurie's sale of the Giants for $100 million to a San Francisco group led by Safeway executive Peter Magowan.

Unquestionably, more changes will follow, but within the Giants' front office there had developed a wait-and-see attitude, most of it revolving around Rosen's future.

Accordingly, Rosen said he had concluded he did not fit into the new group's plans, did not want to be "an impediment" to the process of starting anew and felt obligated to act sooner rather than later.

Rosen said Magowan, informed of his decision, did not ask Rosen to stay on. Even if the team had moved to Florida, Rosen said, he would have been involved only during a transitional phase; either way, as long as Lurie sold, Rosen was out.

Rosen, a four-time All-Star during his playing days with the Cleveland Indians, joined the Giants the season they lost 100 games and named Roger Craig manager.

The team reached the World Series in 1989, losing to the Oakland Athletics.

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