Tampa Bay Rays senior vice chairman of baseball operations and common supervisor Erik Neander, whose staff reached the playoffs regardless of having the bottom payroll in baseball, was named as Main League Baseball Govt of the Yr on Monday.
The award capped a bountiful yr for Neander and the Rays. Tampa Bay completed the common season 96-66 for the seventh-best file within the majors, captured an AL wild-card berth, then knocked out the Oakland Athletics within the wild-card sport. The Rays took the Houston Astros to a decisive Sport 5 earlier than dropping within the American League Division Sequence.
Neander formed the playoff contender with a bevy of signings and trades over the previous couple seasons. He introduced in right-hander Charlie Morton and outfielder Avisail Garcia by way of free company, and he turned to the commerce market to seize infielder Yandy Diaz and aid pitcher Emilio Pagan.
The Rays improved throughout the season by buying catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who hit 16 homers in 92 video games for Tampa Bay, and right-hander Nick Anderson, who struck out 41 batters in 21 1/three innings for his new staff. The Rays additionally acquired first baseman Jesus Aguilar and infielder Eric Sogard to place themselves for a postseason run.
The 36-year-old Neander additionally made an impression over the earlier couple seasons. He pulled off a commerce with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2018 that introduced in right-hander Tyler Glasnow and outfielder Austin Meadows, and he seized an opportunity to amass Tommy Pham from the St. Louis Cardinals’ crowded outfield.
Neander, a Virginia Tech graduate, has labored within the Rays’ group for the previous 13 seasons.
“I’m each humbled and honored to be acknowledged by Main League Baseball and the executives who voted on the award,” Neander stated in a press release launched by the staff. “This recognition deserves to be shared throughout our total workers, in addition to the gamers who left all of it on the sphere. It’s our collective dedication that permits one thing like this to be potential. Whereas we fell in need of our final on-field purpose in 2019, I’m pleased with our progress and we’ll do all we are able to to construct upon that within the coming years.”
The New York Yankees’ Brian Cashman completed second to Neander within the Govt of the Yr voting whereas 2018 winner Billy Beane of the A’s and Derek Falvey of the Minnesota Twins tied for third.
—Discipline Stage Media