Billy Beane

William Lamar Beane III (born March 29, 1962) is a former American professional baseball player and current front office executive. He is the executive vice president of baseball operations and minority owner of the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB); he is also minority owner of Barnsley FC of EFL Championship. From 1984 to 1989 he played in MLB as an outfielder for the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, and Oakland Athletics. He joined the Athletics' front office as a scout in 1990, was named general manager after the 1997 season, and was promoted to executive vice president after the 2015 season.

A first-round pick in the MLB draft by the Mets, Beane failed to meet the expectations of scouts, who projected him as a star. In his front-office career, Beane has applied statistical analysis (known as sabermetrics) to baseball, which has led teams to reconsider how they evaluate players. He is the subject of Michael Lewis's 2003 book on baseball economics, Moneyball, which was made into a 2011 film starring Brad Pitt as Beane.

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Beane in 2013
Oakland Athletics
Outfielder/General Manager
Born: March 29, 1962 (age 57)
Orlando, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 13, 1984, for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1989, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average.219
Home runs3
Runs batted in29
Teams
As player

As general manager

Career highlights and awards

Early life

Beane grew up in Mayport, Florida, and San Diego, California, the child of a career military family.[2][3] His father, a naval officer, taught him how to pitch.[2]

Beane attended Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego, where he excelled at baseball, football, and basketball.[2] The high school coach added Beane to the varsity baseball team for the last game of his freshman season.[2] Beane batted .501 during his sophomore and junior years of high school.[2][4] In his senior season, his batting average dropped to .300.[5]

Despite the decrease in batting average, scouts were enamored with Beane's talent.[5] Beane gave up football to avoid an injury that could prematurely end his baseball career.[6] Despite this, Stanford University tried to recruit Beane on a joint baseball–football scholarship as the quarterback who would replace then-sophomore John Elway for the Stanford Cardinal football team.[6]

Baseball career

Playing career

The New York Mets, who had the first overall selection of the 1980 Major League Baseball Draft, were enamored of Beane's talent and considered choosing him with the first pick.[7] Because many teams believed Beane would attend Stanford and not sign with a professional team,[8] Beane fell to the 23rd pick, where he was taken by the Mets, who had two other first-round picks that year, allowing them to risk Beane not signing.[9] After visiting the Mets clubhouse, Beane decided to sign with the Mets for a $125,000 signing bonus ($380,099 in current dollar terms). Beane called his decision to sign with the Mets instead of going to Stanford as the "only decision he would ever make in his life about money."[10]

Believing Beane to be a more refined player than their top first-round pick, Darryl Strawberry, the Mets assigned Strawberry to play rookie ball with other high school draftees while Beane was assigned to the Little Falls Mets of the Class A New York–Penn League, with players drafted out of college.[11] Beane struggled in his first season, batting .210.[12] He was unable to make the adjustments necessary when playing tougher competition. The Mets promoted Beane to the Lynchburg Mets of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League in 1981. After a solid season, he was promoted to the Jackson Mets of the Class AA Texas League in 1982.[12] While Strawberry was the league's most valuable player, Beane batted .220.[13] Beane began questioning himself, while his new roommate, Lenny Dykstra, succeeded with unwavering confidence and superior mental focus.[14]

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Beane at the Oakland Coliseum in 1989, during his time with the A's

Beane remained in Jackson until 1984, when he received his first promotion to MLB, appearing in five games for the 1984 New York Mets. In 1985, Beane spent most of the season with the Tidewater Tides of the Class AAA International League, getting called up to the 1985 Mets for eight games. He batted .284 for the Tides in 1985, leading the team with 19 home runs and 77 runs batted in.[15] Following the season, the Mets traded Beane with Joe Klink and Bill Latham to the Minnesota Twins for Tim Teufel and Pat Crosby, a minor league player.[16]

The Twins entered spring training prepared to give Beane the job as their starting left fielder over incumbent Mickey Hatcher, but he dealt with injuries and ineffectiveness.[17] Beane appeared in 80 games for the 1986 Minnesota Twins, batting .216.[18] He also appeared in 32 games for the Toledo Mud Hens of the International League. The Twins sent Beane to their new Class-AAA affiliate, the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), after spring training in 1987.[19] After batting .285 for Portland, Beane received a call-up to the Twins after the September 1 roster expansion.[18][20] He appeared in 12 games for the 1987 Minnesota Twins.

The Twins traded Beane to the Detroit Tigers for Balvino Gálvez during spring training in 1988.[21] He made the Tigers' opening-day roster that season as an injury fill-in,[22] and was optioned in late April to Toledo,[23] now serving as Detroit's Class-AAA affiliate, where he spent most of the season. During this time, he played in the same outfield as another player with nearly the same name – Billy Bean – and also had a teammate with the name Rice.[24] Beane appeared in six games for the 1988 Tigers. Granted free agency after the 1988 season, Beane signed with the Oakland Athletics, appearing in 37 games with the 1989 Athletics, batting .241 in 79 at bats.[25] Beane spent most of the season with the Class-AAA Tacoma Tigers of the PCL. He re-signed with the Athletics for the 1990 season,[25] and was sent down to the minor leagues at the end of spring training.[26]

Front office career

Weary of the lifestyle of a minor-league player, Beane approached Athletics GM Sandy Alderson a day after he was reassigned to minor league camp in April 1990 for a job as an advance scout.[27][28] Beane held that position through 1993, when he was promoted to assistant GM of the Athletics, tasked with scouting minor-league players.[29][30]

Under the ownership of Walter A. Haas, Jr., the Athletics appeared in three consecutive World Series from 1988 through 1990, and had the highest payroll in baseball in 1991.[31] Haas died in 1995, and new owners Stephen Schott and Ken Hofmann ordered Alderson to slash payroll.[32] To field a competitive roster on a limited budget, Alderson began focusing on sabermetric principles to obtain undervalued players. He valued on-base percentage among hitters.[33] Alderson taught Beane to find value that other teams did not see using sabermetrics.[34]

Beane succeeded Alderson as GM on October 17, 1997.[35] He continued Alderson's crafting of the Athletics into one of the most cost-effective teams in baseball. For example, in the 2006 MLB season, the Athletics ranked 24th of 30 major league teams in player salaries but had the 5th-best regular-season record.[36]

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Beane (left) at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival

The Athletics reached the playoffs in four consecutive years from 2000 through 2003, losing in the American League Division Series each year. In 2002, the Athletics became the first team in the 100+ years of American League baseball to win 20 consecutive games. They won their first playoff series under Beane in 2006 when they swept the Minnesota Twins in the American League Division Series, but were swept by the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series. Other low-payroll teams, such as the 2003 World Series Champion Florida Marlins and the 2008 American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays, have appeared in the World Series, with the former winning it in 2003.

After the 2002 season, the Boston Red Sox made Beane an offer of $12.5 million to become their GM,[34] but he declined.[38] On April 15, 2005, Beane received a contract extension to remain with the Athletics as its general manager through 2012, and new team owner Lewis Wolff awarded Beane a small portion of the team's ownership.[39] In February 2012, the Athletics extended Beane's contract through 2019.[40]

From their 2006 playoff appearance until 2012, the Athletics did not make the playoffs or finish above .500, which triggered criticism of Beane and his approach in some quarters, especially in 2009.[37] Beane largely dismisses criticism of his approach, indicating that his philosophy revolves around research and analysis.[37] Many other general managers have followed Beane's strategy and now use similar approaches.[41]

Moneyball has changed how players are valued, and Beane had begun concentrating on high school players, a group he once largely ignored, in the MLB draft, considering them to be heavily undervalued.[37] He and other like-minded GMs also changed their draft strategies to focus more on defensive skills, which became undervalued in the years immediately after the Moneyball revolution. This new emphasis on defense was displayed in the 2010 season; although the Athletics finished at .500 and again missed the playoffs, they led MLB in defensive efficiency, measured as the percentage of balls put into play by opponents that resulted in outs, and allowed the fewest runs in the AL.[42] In the 2012 season the Athletics again made the playoffs under Beane, winning the American League West title on the last day of the regular season. The Athletics returned to the playoffs in 2013 by winning the American League West division title again, the team's first back-to-back division championships since the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

In December 2009, Sports Illustrated named Beane #10 on its list of the Top 10 GMs/Executives of the Decade in all sports.[43][a]

On October 5, 2015, the Athletics announced that Beane had been promoted to executive vice president of baseball operations. Assistant GM David Forst assumed the job of general manager.[44]

Activities outside baseball

MLS / Soccer

When the Athletics ownership group agreed to purchase the reincarnation of the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer, Beane, who has expressed a passion for soccer, began developing a system for objectively analyzing soccer players. He has agreed to help the Earthquakes front office develop a method for building a cost-effective team, as the salary cap in MLS is even more restrictive than the Athletics status as a small-market team in Major League Baseball.[45] However, a system has yet to be implemented.

Beane has regarded Arsenal's former manager Arsène Wenger as a personal idol. Beane has held discussions with Wenger, former Manchester United F.C. manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and Liverpool F.C. owner John W. Henry.[46] His friendship with ex-Arsenal scout Damien Comolli and Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke allowed him to delve deep into the world of English football.[47]

In March 2015, the Dutch football club AZ Alkmaar, under general director Robert Eenhoorn, a former Major Leaguer, hired Beane as an advisor.[48]

On December 19, 2017 Beane became part of a consortium led by Ligue 1 club Nice owner Chinese/American businessman Chien Lee to purchase Barnsley Football Club, which is based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England and plays football in the EFL Championship, the second tier of the English football league.[49][50]

Software industry

On January 4, 2007, the software company NetSuite named Beane to its board of directors. NetSuite co-founder Evan Goldberg cited Beane's ability to combine facts with instinct as an important factor in the decision to involve him in the company.[51] Beane also served as a consultant for, and also appears in, the video game MLB Front Office Manager.[52][53]

Depiction in book and film Moneyball

Because of his team's success despite its low payroll, Beane was the subject of author Michael Lewis's 2003 best-selling book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. The book discusses Beane's methods as the GM of the Athletics and how he, along with Harvard-educated statistician Paul DePodesta,[54] used sabermetric principles to run his team in a cost-effective way. According to the book, this allowed him to be successful despite his financial constraints. The book and Beane's methods have influenced the way many think about the game of baseball, including other teams and players.[55] Brad Pitt played the role of Beane in the 2011 film Moneyball.[37] Pitt was nominated for the 2012 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance.

Personal life

Twice married, Beane has a daughter Casey from his first marriage and twins Brayden and Tinsley from his current marriage.[37][56] He attended the University of California, San Diego during the baseball offseasons of his playing career.[57]

Notes

  1. ^ The list's only other MLB executives were Theo Epstein (No. 3) and Pat Gillick (No. 7).[43]

References

Bibliography
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External links

1986 Minnesota Twins season

The 1986 Minnesota Twins finished at 71-91, sixth in the AL West, 21 games behind the eventual AL runner-up California Angels. 1,255,453 fans attended Twins games, the second lowest total in the American League. Pitcher Bert Blyleven made a prediction on Fan Appreciation Day on October 3, saying that if the team came together as a unit and signed some other good players, they could potentially bring a World Series championship to Minnesota. That prediction proved accurate the next year.

1988 Detroit Tigers season

The Detroit Tigers' 1988 season was a season in American baseball. The Tigers, fresh off of losing the American League pennant to Minnesota Twins, were attempting to repeat as American League East champions after winning the division on the final day of the previous season. The Tigers hit five grand slams, the most in MLB in 1988.

1997 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 1997 season was the team's 30th in Oakland, California. It was also the 97th season in franchise history. The team finished fourth in the American League West with a record of 65-97.

The Athletics, coming off a surprising (if still mediocre) 78-84 campaign, hoped to reach the playoffs for the first time since 1992. With this in mind, the team traded for slugger Jose Canseco. Canseco, who had played for the Athletics from 1985 to 1992, was reunited with fellow superstar (and fellow "Bash Brother") Mark McGwire. In addition to McGwire and Canseco, Oakland's impressive collection of power hitters included Jason Giambi, Gerónimo Berroa, and Matt Stairs.

Little was done, however, to shore up the Athletics' abysmal 1996 pitching staff. Ariel Prieto, owner of a 4.41 career ERA (Earned Run Average), was named the Opening Day starter; a succession of poorly regarded players filled out the rest of the starting rotation and bullpen. While optimism remained high for the team's offense, great concern remained for its pitching staff.

In the end, Oakland's offense and pitching both fared terribly. For the second consecutive year, no Athletics pitcher won ten or more games; even worse, no starter won more than six. None of the team's top four starters (Ariel Prieto, Steve Karsay, Mike Oquist, and Dave Telgheder) finished the season with an ERA of less than 5.00; the Athletics, as a team, finished with an earned run average of 5.48 (easily the MLB's worst). All told, the A's allowed a season total of 946 runs. This remains the worst such figure in Oakland history.

More puzzling was the fate of the offense. Oakland, as expected, remained one of the league's best power-hitting teams. The Athletics' sluggers hit a total of 197 home runs (third-most in the American League). Oakland's home runs failed to generate much offense, however, as a low team batting average negated most of the team's other advantages. Oakland scored a total of 764 runs in 1997 (the 11th highest total in the American League).

These awful performances quickly removed the A's from contention. On May 31, they were already nine games out of first place; their position steadily worsened throughout the summer. In light of this, General Manager Sandy Alderson traded Mark McGwire (who, at the time, was on pace to break Roger Maris' single-season home run record) to the St. Louis Cardinals for T.J. Matthews, Blake Stein, and Eric Ludwick. McGwire would finish the season with 58 home runs (four shy of breaking the record). The trade was a disaster on the Athletics' end, as none of the three players received in the trade remained on the team by 2000. The A's ultimately finished twenty-five games behind the first-place Seattle Mariners. Their 65-97 finish (the club's worst since 1979) led to the removal of Sandy Alderson as General Manager on October 17; he was replaced by Billy Beane. Manager Art Howe, however, was retained for the 1998 season.

The 1997 season would ultimately prove to be the Athletics' nadir. The continued rise of Jason Giambi, the debuts of Ben Grieve and Miguel Tejada, the acquisition of Tim Hudson in the 1997 MLB draft, and the ascension of Billy Beane to the position of general manager paved the way for a lengthy period of success from 1999 onwards.

1998 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 1998 season saw the A's finish with a record of 74 wins and 88 losses. The campaign was the first of the Billy Beane era. While the Athletics finished a distant fourth in the AL West, they improved upon the prior year's dismal output of 65-97.

The strong play of Jason Giambi, Matt Stairs and Kenny Rogers highlighted an otherwise forgettable campaign. Rogers' performance was particularly impressive; in arguably the finest season of his career, he won 16 games and posted a 3.17 earned run average (both were the best full-season marks by an Athletics starter since 1992). Additionally, the 1998 season marked Rickey Henderson's fourth (and final) stint with the Athletics. Henderson, at the age of 39, stole a total 66 bases; this total lead the league in that category. Lastly, rookie Ben Grieve collected a Rookie of the Year (ROY) award for his solid debut season. The award was the Athletics' first since Walt Weiss received one in 1988.

The Athletics posted a winning record in 1999. The organization, under Beane, would not post another losing season until 2007.

2002 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 2002 season was the team's 35th in Oakland, California.

It was the 102nd season in franchise history. The Athletics finished first in the American League West with a record of 103-59.

The Athletics' 2002 campaign ranks among the most famous in franchise history. Following the 2001 season, Oakland saw the departure of three key players. Billy Beane, the team's general manager, responded with a series of under-the-radar free agent signings. The new-look Athletics, despite a comparative lack of star power, surprised the baseball world by besting the 2001 team's regular season record. The team is most famous, however, for winning 20 consecutive games between August 13 and September 4, 2002. The Athletics' season was the subject of Michael Lewis's 2003 book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (Lewis was given the opportunity to follow the team around throughout the season). A film adaptation of the book, also titled Moneyball, was released in 2011.

2005 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 2005 season was their 37th in Oakland, California. It was also the 105th season in franchise history. The team finished second in the American League West with a record of 88-74.

The Athletics entered the 2005 season with low expectations. The team had won more than ninety games in each of the previous five seasons; despite this, there were concerns about the team's starting pitching. During the 2004–05 offseason, general manager Billy Beane traded two of the team's so-called "Big Three" starting pitchers. Beane traded two of the three, Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder, to the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals (respectively); in both instances, he received prospects in return. The A's retained All-Star starter Barry Zito; despite this, many worried about the quality of the team's remaining starters. Some even picked the Athletics to finish last in the American League West, despite their having finished second (one game behind the Anaheim Angels) just months prior.

The A's seemed to validate these concerns in the early days of the 2005 season. On May 29, they were 17-32 (the third-worst record in baseball at the time); moreover, the team trailed the division-leading Angels by 12.5 games. The Athletics would follow this poor start with a stunning turnaround. From May 30 to August 13, Oakland would go a league-best 50-17. The surge was brought about, in large part, by the strong pitching of young starters Dan Haren (received in the Mulder trade), Rich Harden, and Joe Blanton. The team stunningly erased their 12.5 game deficit over this span. Oakland would pace the Angels well into September; at their peak, on August 30, the A's actually led the Angels by two games. In the end, though, the team fell short; a collapse in the second half of the 2005 season, combined with a dramatic Angels surge, saw the Athletics finish seven games out of first place.

The 2005 season also saw Athletics closer Huston Street win the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Street earned the honor after posting a 1.72 earned run average in his first major-league season; he did so while recording 23 saves. The Rookie of the Year Award was Oakland's second in as many years (and sixth overall).

Barnsley F.C.

Barnsley Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England. The team play in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. Nicknamed "the Tykes", they were founded in 1887 by Reverend Tiverton Preedy under the name Barnsley St. Peter's. The club's colours were originally blue, but were converted to red and white in 1904 and have played in those colours ever since. Their home ground since 1888 has been Oakwell.

Barnsley won the FA Cup in 1911–12 and were also runners-up in 1909–10. The club won two trophies at Wembley Stadium in 2016 – the Football League Trophy, beating Oxford United 3–2 in the final, and the 2016 Football League play-offs, beating Millwall 3–1 in the final. Barnsley became only the second club to secure both the Football League Trophy and Football League promotion via playoff finals in the same season, after Grimsby Town F.C..

On 19 December 2017, it was announced that Patrick Cryne and family had agreed to sell a majority stake in Barnsley Football Club to a consortium involving Chien Lee of NewCity Capital, Grace Hung and Paul Conway of Pacific Media Group, Indian businessman Neerav Parekh and baseball legend Billy Beane. The new consortium holds 80% of the shares and the Cryne family holds 20% of the shares of Barnsley Football club. Barnsley fans often consider their biggest rivals to be Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United and Leeds United, although other significant rivalries exist with Huddersfield Town, Rotherham United, Doncaster Rovers, Bradford City and Chesterfield.

Beane (surname)

Beane is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Anthony Beane (born 1994), American basketball player

Billy Beane (born 1962), American baseball player and executive

Brandon Beane, American football executive

Carl Beane (1952–2012), American radio sports announcer

Douglas Carter Beane, American playwright and screenwriter

James Dudley Beane (1896-1916), American World War I flying ace

John Beane (c. 1503–1580), English politician

Violett Beane (born 1996), American actress

Billy Bean (disambiguation)

Billy Bean is a former Major League Baseball player who made news when he made his homosexuality public.

Billy Bean or Billy Beane may also refer to:

Billy Bean (musician) (1933–2012), American jazz guitarist

Billy Bean (footballer) (1915–1993), born Alfred Samuel Bean, English footballer

Billy Beane (born 1962), Oakland Athletics general manager and former baseball player

Billy Bean, puppet character in 1950s UK children's TV series Billy Bean and His Funny Machine

David Forst

David Lee Forst (born May 18, 1976) is an American baseball executive with the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball. He is the general manager of the Athletics.

Greater Talent Network

Greater Talent Network (also known as GTN) was an American speakers bureau based in New York and is currently owned by United Talent Agency. GTN was known for its roster of prominent clients, including authors Nicholas Sparks, Ben Shapiro, Michael Lewis, P.J. O'Rourke and Jeffrey Toobin; actors Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo and Danny Glover; musicians Paula Abdul and Harry Belafonte; Navy SEALs Marcus Luttrell and Kevin Lacz; athletes Alex Rodriguez and Apolo Ohno; sports executives Billy Beane and Bob Myers; national security experts Raymond Kelly, Richard Clarke, and General Wesley Clark; finance/technology disruptor Dan Schulman, and Daniele Weisberg and Carly Zakin, founders of theSkimm.

List of Oakland Athletics owners and executives

This is a list of team owners and executives of the Oakland Athletics.

Moneyball

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game is a book by Michael Lewis, published in 2003, about the Oakland Athletics baseball team and its general manager Billy Beane. Its focus is the team's analytical, evidence-based, sabermetric approach to assembling a competitive baseball team despite Oakland's small budget. A film based on the book, starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, was released in 2011.

Moneyball (film)

Moneyball is a 2011 American sports film directed by Bennett Miller and written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. The film is based on Michael Lewis's 2003 nonfiction book of the same name, an account of the Oakland Athletics baseball team's 2002 season and their general manager Billy Beane's attempts to assemble a competitive team.

In the film, Beane (Brad Pitt) and assistant GM Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), faced with the franchise's limited budget for players, build a team of undervalued talent by taking a sophisticated sabermetric approach to scouting and analyzing players. Columbia Pictures bought the rights to Lewis's book in 2004.Moneyball premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and was released on September 23, 2011 to box office success and critical acclaim. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor for Pitt and Best Supporting Actor for Hill.

NetSuite

NetSuite Inc. is an American cloud computing company founded in 1998 with headquarters in Redwood Shores, California that provides software and services to manage business finances, operations, and customer relations. Its software and services are tailored for small and medium-sized businesses with modules for ERP, CRM, PSA and e-commerce. Oracle Corporation acquired NetSuite for approximately US$9.3 billion in November 2016. The newly formed Oracle Netsuite business unit is managed by executive vice president Jim McGeever as Oracles Cloud ERP for small and medium enterprises.

Paul DePodesta

Paul DePodesta (born December 16, 1972) is the chief strategy officer for the National Football League (NFL)'s Cleveland Browns.

Formerly a front-office assistant for the Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics and most recently the New York Mets, DePodesta was also general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The year after leading the Dodgers to their first playoff win in 16 years, he was fired after the 2005 club finished with its worst record in 11 years. He was the ninth general manager in the club's history since its move to Los Angeles. He is also known for his appearance in the book and movie Moneyball, about his time with the Athletics.

Robert Eenhoorn

Robert Franciscus Eenhoorn OON (born February 9, 1968) is a retired Dutch professional baseball player and manager. He played four seasons of Major League Baseball as a utility infielder for the New York Yankees and California/Anaheim Angels. On September 27, 1997, Eenhoorn became the first Dutch-born player to hit a home run in the Major Leagues since Jack Lelivelt in 1912. The feat was later repeated by Greg Halman and Didi Gregorius. (All other Dutch MLB players to have hit home runs were born elsewhere, mainly in the country's Caribbean territories, most notably the Curaçao natives Andruw Jones and Hensley Meulens.) Eenhoorn played for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides of the New York Mets organization in 1998.

From 2009 to 2014 Eenhoorn served as the technical director for the Netherlands national baseball team.

Since 2014, Eenhoorn has been the general director of the Dutch football club AZ Alkmaar. In March 2015, he hired another former Major Leaguer, Billy Beane, as an advisor.

Sporting News Executive of the Year Award

The Sporting News Executive of the Year Award was established in 1936 by Sporting News and is given annually to one executive — including general managers — in Major League Baseball.

Listed below in chronological order are the baseball executives chosen as recipients of the TSN Executive of the Year Award.

Terry Blocker

Terry Fennell Blocker (born August 18, 1959) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves. He was the Mets' first round selection (#4 overall) in the 1981 Major League Baseball Draft out of Tennessee State University.

The 6'2" outfielder batted and threw left handed. In his first professional season, 1981, Blocker batted .341 with seven home runs for the Little Falls Mets of the New York–Penn League. In 1982, he played for the Mets' minor league affiliate in Jackson, where he shared the outfield with two players who would go on to greater fame - Darryl Strawberry and Billy Beane.

In 1985 Blocker played in 18 games in the Major Leagues for the New York Mets. He got one hit in 15 at bats. He spent the entire 1986 and 1987 seasons in the minor leagues. He was traded in the Braves before the 1988 season, and had his most successful season for the Braves in 1988. He played 66 games for the Braves in 1988, mostly as their center fielder, and had a batting average of .212 in 198 at bats. He also had 2 home runs, 10 rbis and scored 13 runs. 1989 was his final Major League season and he only played 26 games. An attempt to become a pitcher did not prolong his career, and he only pitched 1 inning in his Major League career, for the Braves in 1989.

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