San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler, right, and Farhan Zaidi, president of baseball operations, speak to reporters at Oracle Park.

In a bent way, this Giants season is going to prove terribly useful. It may not be the most fun the franchise or its fans have ever had, and it won’t ring the bell the way 107 wins did last year. But it does bring the front office and the C-suites face-to-face with a tough truth — and the sooner the better.

Here’s the thing: The Giants take care of their own. It is one of their most admirable traits as a franchise, but also potentially the most problematic. And those forces are in conflict right now, in real time.

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Mark Kreidler is a freelance contributor to The Examiner. Read more of his columns at https://markkreidler.substack.com.