LAS VEGAS (AP) – Cleveland Guardians President of Baseball Operations Chris Antonetti was named Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year on Tuesday after his young team won the AL Central with a $68 million payroll, finishing 27th out of 30. commands.
Cleveland went 92-70 using 17 players who made their major league debuts. The youngest team in the postseason, the Guardians lost a five-game series to the New York Yankees.
Antonetti, 47, has led Cleveland’s baseball operations as general manager from 2011 to 2015 and president of baseball operations since October 2015.
A 1996 Georgetown graduate with an MBA from Massachusetts, Antonetti began working for MLB as an intern at the Montreal Expos in 1997 and became assistant director of player development in November of that year. He joined Cleveland in 1999 and became assistant general manager three years later.
In a pre-postseason vote by major league clubs, Atlanta Braves president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos was second, and Seattle Mariners president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto was third.
Oakland Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Billy Bean received the initial award in 2018, followed by Tampa Bay General Manager Eric Neander in 2019, Los Angeles Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman in 2020, and San Francisco President of Baseball Operations Giants Farhan Zaidi last year. .
The award was announced on the first full day of the annual CEO meetings.
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