Programming note: MLB Executive of the Year Billy Beane
As vice president and general manager Billy Beane was presented with the Sporting News Executive of the Year Award Wednesday night at the leagues annual GM Meetings in Indian Wells, Calif.
It's the second time Beane has won the award. He also was named Executive of the Year in 1999.The 50-year-old Beane took home 31 votes to finish ahead of the Washington Nationals Mike Rizzo (13) and the Texas Rangers Jon Daniels (6). Sporting News has presented the award since 1936. Beane oversaw a major overhaul to the As roster last offseason, including the signing of highly sought after Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes, who's now a candidate for AL Rookie of the Year.RELATED: Cespedes Rookie of the Year finalist Melvin up for Manager of the Year
Despite trading away three All-Star pitchers in Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill and Andrew Bailey, the A's remade roster stormed back after trailing Texas by five games with nine games remaining to win the AL West on the final day of the season.It was the first time in Major League history that a team has come back from a deficit of five or more games with fewer than 10 games remaining to win a division or pennant.Oakland A's media services contributed to this report