Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane was named Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year by the Sporting News after his team rallied from a 13-game deficit to win the 2012 American League West.
This is the second time Beane has received this peer selected award, which he also won in the 1999 season. Beane received 31 of 57 votes cast by MLB executives to win this award, which has been around since 1936. He finished ahead of Washington Nationals’ Mike Rizzo (13) and the Texas Rangers’ Jon Daniels (6).
After a 74-88 season in 2011, the A’s improved by 20 games in the 2012 season, finishing 94-68 in an unbelievable turnaround and winning the division title. This was the first time a team had won a division title after trailing by at least five games with less than 10 to play. The 2012 A’s, who faced a 13-game deficit to Texas on June 30, also became only the fifth team in MLB history to win a division or pennant after trailing by 13 or more games.
Beane created a major overhaul in the roster when he traded away three All-Star pitchers in Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill and Andrew Bailey while acquiring many young players who held prominent roles in the A’s second-half flourish.
Beane’s philosophy of evaluating players became popular with the book “Moneyball” by Michael Lewis and later a movie.
The Good in Sports congratulates Mr. Beane on this prestigious honor.
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