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San Francisco Giants Hire WVU Alum Pete Putila as General Manager



Alek Manoah is now not the only West Virginia product making waves in Major League Baseball.

The San Francisco Giants have announced the hiring of Pete Putila as the team’s new general manager. Putila, 33, a Carmichaels, PA native and 2005 WVU graduate, has spent the last two seasons as the assistant general manager for the Houston Astros. He will serve under Giants’ president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi.

Despite his young age, Putila rapidly worked up the ranks from a baseball operations intern to an assistant GM the past couple of seasons. He will replace Scott Harris in San Francisco. Harris left the Giants last month to advance his own career as the new president of baseball operations with the Tigers. Putila was also a finalist for the Giants’ GM opening three years ago.

Putila’s WVU degree is for sports management, which led him to landing a baseball operations internship with the Astros in 2011. He then worked his way up once hired full-time later that year, earning a promotion to assistant director of Minor League operations in 2015 and director of player development in 2016.

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