After building a team that won the American League East for the first time in 17 years and came within four wins of the World Series, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette received his second honor of the postseason Tuesday.
Duquette was named the 2014 Baseball America Major League Executive of the Year, the magazine announced on its website. He is the first Orioles executive to win the award since it began in 1998. Last month, Duquette was honored with the Sporting News Executive of the Year award at the general managers' meetings in Phoenix.
In addition, Orioles manager Buck Showalter was selected as the 2014 Major League Manager of the Year by Baseball America. The magazine’s manager of the year award, also selected annually since 1998, isn’t as publicized as the executive award and has not yet been officially announced. Showalter also won the Baseball America MLB Manager of the Year award in 2012 with the Orioles.
Baseball America’s postseason awards are selected by the magazine’s editorial staff.
Duquette signed slugger Nelson Cruz to a one-year, $8 million deal in February, a move that became arguably the best bargain of the free-agent season after Cruz led the major leagues with 40 home runs in 2014. Cruz agreed to terms with the Seattle Mariners on a four-year, $58 million deal this week.
Duquette also signed free-agent outfielder Delmon Young to a minor league deal in January and used a loophole to re-sign first baseman-outfielder Steve Pearce in April, days after the team was forced to designate him for assignment because of a roster crunch.
In addition to those moves, Duquette made several trades to help the Orioles advance to the AL Championship Series for the first time since 1997. In May, he acquired catcher Nick Hundley from the San Diego Padres to help accommodate for the loss of starter Matt Wieters.
Then, he added left-handed relief pitcher Andrew Miller from the Boston Red Sox before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline and picked up outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Chicago White Sox and infielder Kelly Johnson from the Red Sox in August.
Other nominees for this year's executive award included last year's winner, the Oakland Athletics' Billy Beane and the San Francisco Giants' Brian Sabean, who won the award two years ago.
Showalter is the third two-time winner of the Baseball America major league manager of the year award. Former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox (2004 and 2010) and current Los Angeles Angels skipper Mike Scioscia (2002 and 2009) are also two-time winners.
Showalter also won the AL Manager of the Year award from the Baseball Writers' Association of America -- which is generally considered the most prestigious manager postseason honor -- last month. It was the third time he has won that award, each time 10 years apart -- he also won in 1994 and 2004 -- and coming with three different clubs.
Baseball America gives several yearly major league awards, including an Organization of the Year award that has been given out since 1982 (The Kansas City Royals were this year’s winner) and individual awards like MLB Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year and Executive of the Year that all began in 1998.
The magazine also issues several yearly minor league, college and high school awards. Showalter won Baseball America’s first minor league manager of the year award in 1989 with the New York Yankees' Double-A team in Albany, N.Y.