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Dodgers’ Andrew Friedman named MLB Executive of the Year

Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, whose club set the best regular-season baseball record before beating the Rays in the World Series, took home the executive of the year award of Major League Baseball, the league announced today.

Rick Hahn of the Chicago White Sox was the finalist. Erik Neander of the Rays, who won the award last season, was third.

The award was voted on by all 30 major league clubs before the start of the playoffs.

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The Dodgers finished the regular season with a 43-17 record, the best in the MLB, en route to their eighth straight National Western League title. Only the Atlanta Braves (14, 1991-2005) and New York Yankees (9, 1998-2006) have won more consecutive division titles.

Incredibly, the Dodgers have lost just one streak all year – at home to Colorado Sept. 4-6 – and finished the season with a streak record of 15-1-4, including six sweeps.

Friedman, the former executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager of the Rays, then watched the Dodgers beat the team he once helped build from the worst baseball to one of the best in the World Series. The six-game victory gave Los Angeles its first title since 1988.

The Dodgers acquired 2018 American League MVP Mookie Betts in a trade with the Boston Red Sox ahead of the start of spring training. He joined a roster that included career Dodger All-Stars Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Kenley Jansen, Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson and Corey Seager, as well as players who became All-Stars after joining the team. Max Muncy and Justin Turner.

The Dodgers have relied on an all-local starting rotation – featuring Kershaw, Buehler, Julio Urías, Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May – en route to the seventh championship in franchise history.

Buehler and wide receiver Will Smith were first-round picks under Friedman. Free agent acquisition AJ Pollock hit 16 home runs and scored 0.566 in his second season as a Dodger.