Mets GM Sandy Alderson named MLB's top executive by Baseball America

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has been named Major League Baseball's executive of the year by Baseball America.

In his fifth season at the helm, Alderson's team produced a 90-72 record and won the National League pennant.

“Sandy is the best leader I’ve ever been around,” Mets special assistant J.P. Ricciardi said. “He lets you do your job. He respects you. And he wants your input. In the world today, his ‘yes’ means yes and his ‘no’ means no. That’s one of the best things about him. He’s always in the forefront. He’s not afraid to take arrows. He’s just a great leader.

“He brought a whole different mindset to the game. Being a baseball guy, he really educated me a lot. He really forced me to stop and think, ‘Why does this work? Why does that work?’ He’s made me a better baseball guy. He’s shaped a lot of people. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves for the way analytics has come into the game. But he’s not just an analytics guy. He really values the scouting and the thought process behind how things are put together. He’s probably the most well-rounded guy who is in the game today. I love the guy.”

The Pittsburgh Pirates were named the organization of the year by Baseball America.

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