John Barr will begin his 37th season as a baseball executive and his 14th season with the Giants. In December of 2019, Barr was honored as the Scout of the Year for the East Coast region, an award voted on by his peers. Under Barr’s guidance, the Giants have drafted players such as 2010 Rookie of the Year and 2012 National League MVP Buster Posey and All-Stars Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt among many others; all of whom contributed to the Giants’ three World Series titles the last decade.
The Audubon, NJ, native entered the front office ranks in 1984 with the New York Mets as Administrative Assistant to Minor Leagues and Scouting where he remained until becoming the East Coast Supervisor for the Minnesota Twins in 1988. As Scouting Director for the Baltimore Orioles,(1989-90), Barr was responsible for selecting first rounders Ben McDonald (’89) and Hall of Famer Mike Mussina (’90). He served as Assistant General Manager for the San Diego Padres (1991-93) before returning to the New York Mets (1994-97) as Scouting Director. Barr then spent ten years (1998- 2007) with the Los Angeles Dodgers as East Coast Supervisor.
Barr was inducted into the Mid Atlantic Scouts Hall of Fame in November of 2008 and then inducted into the Professional Scouting Hall of Fame during the summer of 2009. He received the “Legends in Scouting Award” in January 2019 at the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation Awards Dinner. The Rider University graduate resides in Haddonfield, NJ, with his wife, Marianne, daughters Kate, Eileen, and Mary, and son, Blake.