GM edges Braves' Schuerholz

Updated: November 12, 2003, 3:38 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean, who retooled the team with a new manager and several new players and still won the NL West, has been named baseball's executive of the year by Sporting News.

The announcement was made late Monday by Sporting News editor John Rawlings at the general managers meeting in Phoenix. The publication is based in St. Louis.

"My first reaction, after surprise, was that I really didn't expect it," Sabean said. "It is very flattering to be voted on by your peers. Last night, I was thinking it's bittersweet because I couldn't share it with my dad. That left a hollow feeling."

Sabean's father died during the season.

After allowing manager Dusty Baker to leave for the Chicago Cubs after San Francisco's 2002 loss to Anaheim in the World Series, Sabean hired Felipe Alou as manager. He also signed free agents Ray Durham, Edgardo Alfonzo, Marquis Grissom and Jose Cruz Jr. and traded midseason for pitcher Sidney Ponson.

The Giants won 100 games before losing to the eventual World Series champion Florida Marlins in the first round of the playoffs.

"Brian has built and maintained a remarkably successful organization during his seven years as general manager of the Giants," said John Rawlings, an editor for the sports journal.

Sabean, 48, received 16 votes from 60 baseball executives to win the award. Atlanta general manager John Schuerholz was second with 13 votes, followed by Cubs general manager Jim Hendry with seven.

Thirteen executives, including commissioner Bud Selig, received at least one vote.

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