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While the Giants were celebrating their third World Series title in five years, the Dodgers were hiring a new general manager.
The former A's director of baseball operations and assistant general manager Farhan Zaidi was asked about the Giants' recent run of success during his introductory press conference in Los Angeles on Friday.
"I think any time a team has that kind of success, you really have to study them hard and see what lessons there are to learn. I'm sure that's something we'll look at. It's a fair question. I don't think you can win three World Series in five years just by being lucky. I think that's maybe stating the obvious," Zaidi said.
The Dodgers have won the NL West the last two seasons, but lost to the Cardinals in the NLCS in 2013 and NLDS in 2014. They haven't won the World Series since 1988 when they beat the A's.
After spending 10 years in Oakland, Zaidi is a part of a revamped Dodgers front office. This offseason, they've added former Tampa Bay Rays general manager Andrew Friedman as President of baseball operations, and former Padres and Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes as senior vice president of baseball operations. Former GM Ned Colletti was re-assigned to senior advisor to the President and CEO.