The 2017 Cleveland Indians may not have been able to duplicate their 2016 postseason run that took them within a win of a world championship, but the architect of the Tribe received some well-deserved honors on Monday.
Indians president Chris Antonetti won Sporting News' 2017 Executive of the Year as voted by a panel of 44 MLB executives. According to Sporting News' Jason Foster, Antonetti was the runaway winner in the balloting, which took place during September and early October, as he received nearly five times as many votes as anyone else.
The Tribe won an American League-best 102 games in 2017, and many of Antonetti's moves were crucial in that success. Most notably, the free agent signing of Edwin Encarnacion and the August trade for Jay Bruce.
Antonetti becomes the fourth member of the Indians front office to be named Executive of the Year, following wins by Bill Veeck (1948), John Hart (1994-95) and Mark Shapiro (2005, 2007). His honor may be the first of several this week as Terry Francona will vie for American League Manager of the Year, Corey Kluber is a finalist for the American League Cy Young Award, and Jose Ramirez is in the final three for American League Most Valuable Player.
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