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Rangers GM Jon Daniels named Baseball America’s Executive of the Year

Dec 3, 2010, 8:12 PM EDT

Jon Daniels

Fresh off the franchise’s first ever World Series appearance, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was named as Executive of the Year by Baseball America earlier today.

Here’s the man himself, via T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com:

“It’s really an organizational award — this is a huge operation involving the efforts of so many people,” Daniels said. “I’m just honored to be part of a really talented, creative group, and to accept this on behalf of everyone who works here. Hopefully this is just the beginning. Now we’ve got to find a way to get a little better, to get back there next year, and find a way to win those last three games.”

You won’t find any objections here. Of course, his signature move was swooping in and acquiring Cliff Lee from the Mariners when just about everybody thought he was going to the Yankees. It was a bold and surprising move which immediately transformed the Rangers into legitimate World Series contenders. But remember that he also operated under the uncertainty of bankruptcy and new ownership. Rangers fans should feel very encouraged about the direction of the franchise, regardless of whether they are able to keep Cliff Lee this winter.

  1. gt929 - Dec 3, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Congrats to JD. I’m not sure how the voters approach this award. It’s called Executive of the Year, but the moves that got the Rangers to the WS started several years ago. And, before anyone jumps in here and says that Ryan is pulling all the strings and that JD was inept before his arrival, remember that the Teixeira trade, the Gagne for Murphy trade, and the Volquez for Hamilton trade were all done before Ryan was hired as president. Ryan in the front office is a great thing for the Rangers, but JD is right up there with him.

  2. texasdawg - Dec 3, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    Ryan has had basically 0 to do with the Rangers’ success.

    It was all Daniels (with his partners in Thad Levine and Daniels’ college roommate, AJ Preller).

    Feliz, Andrus, Hamilton, and Cruz were from Daniels moves before Ryan even showed up. Young, Kinsler, Wilson and Francisco were in the organization before both. Smoak, who produced Lee, was a Daniels draft pick.

    Ryan’s importance has been extremely overrated.

    • gt929 - Dec 3, 2010 at 11:17 PM

      Now I wouldn’t say NR had nothing to do with their success. I believe you are underrating him as much as others underrate Daniels. Like JD said, it’s an organizational award, and NR heads the org. I do believe that one of NR’s qualities is that he lets his people do their jobs. I wish another Arlington team owner would take notes.

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