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Hahn 2nd in Exec. of the Year Award voting

@scottmerkin
November 17, 2020

CHICAGO -- General manager Rick Hahn finished second in Major League Baseball’s 2020 Executive of the Year Award voting, given on Tuesday to Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. Erik Neander -- Rays senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager -- finished third. Hahn, moving into his

CHICAGO -- General manager Rick Hahn finished second in Major League Baseball’s 2020 Executive of the Year Award voting, given on Tuesday to Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. Erik Neander -- Rays senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager -- finished third.

Hahn, moving into his ninth season as the White Sox general manager, presided over his team’s rebuild beginning in the 2016 offseason and then moving into its contention phase during the abbreviated '20 campaign. The White Sox finished 35-25, tied with Cleveland in the American League Central and one game behind the division-winning Twins. This season marked the White Sox first playoff appearance since '08 and their first season finishing over .500 since '12.

Key free additions such as catcher Yasmani Grandal and left-handed starter Dallas Keuchel joined the White Sox prior to the 2020 campaign, along with the important return of first baseman José Abreu, who agreed to a three-year, $50 million deal to stay in Chicago. Abreu was named the AL Most Valuable Player Award winner on Thursday.

Center fielder Luis Robert finished second in the AL Rookie of the Year Award voting, after agreeing upon a six-year, $50 million deal prior to the 2020 season and before seeing a pitch of regular season action. Third baseman Yoán Moncada also agreed upon a five-year, $70 million deal during Spring Training.

Former manager Rick Renteria finished second in the AL Manager of the Year Award voting, although the White Sox parted ways with Renteria after the season and replaced him with Tony La Russa. This current offseason represents another step toward a chance at winning multiple titles spoken of frequently by Hahn, with the White Sox looking to add talent, although at what level is to be determined.

MLB began its official Executive of the Year Award at the conclusion of the 2018 season, with Billy Beane of the Oakland Athletics earning the inaugural honors and the Rays’ Neander being recognized in '19. This Award resulted from voting among the 30 teams, each casting a vote prior to the start of the postseason. Hahn has been with the White Sox since October 2000.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and Facebook and listen to his podcast.