The Cleveland Indians were up for a lot of hardware this offseason in many different departments. MVP, Gold Gloves, Silver Sluggers, Manager of the Year, and Cy Young were just some of the awards the team was in the running for. Tonight, they were able to win an award in a position that has gone seemingly under-the-radar during the Tribe’s last two years of success.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 14, 2017
Chris Antonetti, Cleveland’s president of baseball operations, was named the Sporting News Executive of the Year on Monday night. Antonetti was named to the position in October 2015. Since then, he was able to sign the core of the Tribe to long-term deals, bring in Edwin Encarnacion to the largest deal in Indians’ franchise history, acquire Jay Bruce right before the deadline to land the power hitter, and bring the Indians to the first World Series since 1997. The Tribe have been to back-to-back playoff appearances in both of Antonetti’s years as president of baseball operations.
The Indians hope to have more reasons to celebrate this offseason, as Jose Ramirez (MVP), Corey Kluber (Cy Young), and Terry Francona (Manager of the Year) are all nominated for their respective awards.