Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has been named MLB’s Executive of the Year for 2020 in a vote of his peers.
White Sox GM Rick Hahn and Rays GM Erik Neander finished second and third in the voting by all 30 MLB teams conducted before the start of the postseason.
Friedman was recognized for putting together the team that produced the best record in baseball (43-17) and extended the Dodgers’ streak of NL West division titles to eight despite the challenges of playing during a pandemic. The Dodgers led the majors in runs scored and home runs and their pitching staff had the lowest ERA and average against. They went on to win the World Series championship for the first time since 1988. It was the Dodgers’ third NL pennant in Friedman’s six years with the team.
Despite the Dodgers having won 106 games last season, Friedman made a big move this spring, acquiring Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox in a trade just before the start of spring training. Betts signed a 12-year, $365 million contract extension before the delayed start of the 2020 season then sparked the Dodgers’ success, finishing second in the NL Most Valuable Player award voting.
MLB created the Executive of the Year award following the 2018 season. Billy Beane won the first award. Neander won following the 2019 season.