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Indians President Chris Antonetti Named MLB Executive of the Year by Baseball America

Another member of the Indians organization was honored with an award on Wedensday, as Chris Antonetti was named Executive of the Year by Baseball America.

Antonetti did a masterful job with the Indians this past season, through injuries and other issues, he was a huge force in the team getting to extra innings of game seven of the World Series before falling by a run to the Chicago Cubs.

He helped the Tribe win their first AL Central title since 2007, guiding the team along with manager Terry Francona to a mark of 94-67.

The team then wiped out the rest of the American League on the way to their first World Series since 1997, beating the Red Sox in the divisional round and the Blue Jays in five games in the ALCS.

It’s been a good offseason of hardware for the Indians, as Francona was named AL Manager of the Year for the second time in four years, and two of the teams players, outfielder Tyler Naquin and pitcher Corey Kluber were also in the running for awards.

Naquin, who became a big part of the team after the suspension to Marlon Byrd, finished third in the AL Rookie of the Year voting, and Kluber finished third in the AL Cy Young voting.

Another young player on the team, shortstop Francisco Lindor, won a Gold Glove and a Platinum Glove for his outstanding work in the field during the season.

As for Antonetti, it’s a great honor to for him to win the award, and now he and the team will focus on the offseason and the upcoming baseball winter meetings next week in Maryland.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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