SAN FRANCISCO — There’s no chance that the Giants were banging on trash cans, or doing something similarly nefarious, while the Houston Astros were cheating their way through the 2017 season. They averaged under four runs per game at Oracle Park that year.
But one prominent member of the organization does have ties to the story that dominated the offseason. President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi was the Dodgers’ general manager in 2017 when they lost the World Series to the Astros.
There’s a chance Zaidi lost out on a ring because of the scandal, but on Thursday, speaking to reporters for the first time since MLB handed down punishments and the Astros fired their GM and manager, Zaidi said he is not bitter. He said he hasn’t thought much about how he was personally impacted.
“I think the impact of that activity can be a little overstated,” Zaidi said of the cheating. “I think it’s going to be interesting now, when people have video and people are going to break down a lot kind of statistically, of when things supposedly happened and not. It’ll just be interesting to see what comes out of that.
“I think even when you talk to players there’s a…