Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen finishes 3rd in MLB Executive of the Year voting

Nov 7, 2023, 10:18 AM

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Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo and General Manager Mike Hazen celebrate in the Chase Field pool after the Diamondbacks clinch a wild card playoff spot following the game against the Houston Astros on September 30, 2023, at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ. (Photo by Wilfred Perez/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Baltimore Orioles general manager Mike Elias was voted Major League Baseball’s executive of the year on Tuesday after the team finished with the American League’s best record for the first time since 1997.

Voting was conducted among the 30 teams before the postseason. Atlanta GM Alex Anthopoulos finished second for his team’s 104-win campaign. Arizona GM Mike Hazen was third after his team won 84 games but advanced all the way to the World Series, where the Diamondbacks fell to the Texas Rangers.

Hazen, who turned around a 110-loss team from the 2021 season, in October earned a contract extension with the D-backs through at least 2028.

Baltimore went 101-67 with a $67 million payroll, 29th among the 30 teams and ahead of only Oakland. After their first 100-win season since 1980, the Orioles were swept in the Division Series by the eventual World Series champion Texas Rangers.

The 40-year-old Elias is a 2006 graduate of Yale, where he pitched for the Bulldogs. He joined the St. Louis Cardinals as a scout after college, became manager of amateur scouting and joined the Houston Astros in 2011 as a special assistant to general manager Jeff Luhnow.

Elias was promoted to director of amateur scouting in 2012 and assistant general manager for player acquisition in 2016. He was hired by the Orioles as GM in 2018.

Baltimore’s drafted players included All-Star catcher Adley Rutschman and rookie infielder Gunnar Henderson. The Orioles acquired pitchers Kyle Bradish and Yennier Cano in trades, pitcher Tyler Wells in the winter meeting draft and reliever Cionel Pérez off waivers.

Oakland executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane won the initial award in 2018, followed by Tampa Bay general manager Erik Neander in 2019, Los Angeles Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman in 2020, San Francisco Giants President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi in 2021 and Cleveland President of Baseball Operations Chris Antonetti last year.

The award was announced on the first full day of the annual general managers’ meetings.

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