Red Sox GM Ben Cherington named Sporting News Executive of the Year

November 12, 2013 - 2:17 am
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was named Sporting News Executive of the Year on Monday night for his role in turning around the team. "Definitely unexpected," Cherington told reporters at the GM meetings in Orlando. "I consider this to be an award for the organization, not for me. Coming off the year we had in 2012, I also sort of see it as usually an award that goes to an organization that does work over a period of time and not necessarily in one year." The award was based on a vote of 31 major league executives prior to the postseason. Cherington received 15 votes to beat out Pittsburgh's Neal Huntington (9), Kansas City's Dayton Moore (4) and Atlanta's Frank Wren (3). The Red Sox finished last in the American League East in 2012 but rebounded to win the World Series this year after Cherington replaced Bobby Valentine with John Farrell and made some key free agent acquisitions last offseason. Now he faces another challenge, with Jacoby Ellsbury heading the list of Red Sox free agents he either needs to re-sign or replace. "I think by now everyone has forgotten the World Series," Cherington said, "and it's on to the offseason work."