The 2020 season represented every major challenge and obstacle that a Major League Baseball team could ever face. Despite that, the Dodgers found a way to put together a ridiculous 60-game season and take home their first World Series in 32 years.
A big part of that was thanks to the efforts of President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. Friedman has been working double-time for the Dodgers ever since Farhan Zaidi left his General Manager job to pursue a higher role in San Francisco. Today, those efforts were rewarded.
MLB has officially named Andrew Friedman as the Executive of the Year for the Dodgers.
World Champion and Executive of the Year.
Congratulations to Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman on being named MLB’s 2020 Executive of the Year! pic.twitter.com/MrMtMsa5d6
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 17, 2020
The award handed out by MLB came from voting among the 30 baseball clubs. Each team casts a vote prior to the start of the postseason, so the fact that the Dodgers won the World Series didn’t actually play into the decision. The runner-up for the 2020 honor was Rick Hahn of the Chicago White Sox.
The Dodgers finished the pandemic season with 43 wins and just 17 losses without a serious outbreak of COVID-19. That in of itself was a small victory for Los Angeles. But they also won their eighth-consecutive division title and led MLB in almost every important statistical category.
Friedman was able to assemble a bullpen that could rival that of the best in baseball with Tampa Bay. He did that by piecing together some project players as well as throwing in some rookies with potential. The fact that he added Mookie Betts to the Dodgers early in the year was just the cherry on top of everything.