Andrew Friedman

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Andrew Friedman
Andrew Friedman 2011.jpg
Friedman in 2011.
Born (1976-11-13) November 13, 1976 (age 38)
Houston, Texas
Alma mater Tulane University
Occupation President of Baseball Operations
Years active 2005-present
Organization Los Angeles Dodgers

Andrew Friedman (born November 13, 1976, in Houston, Texas)[1] is the President of Baseball Operations of Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers.

Early life[edit]

Raised in a Jewish family,[2] Friedman attended Episcopal High School in Houston, and subsequently Tulane University on a baseball scholarship, where he earned a B.S. in management with a concentration in finance at Tulane's Freeman School of Business. Just as his father Kenny had played baseball for Tulane,[3] he played outfield for the Green Wave until injuring his wrist and shoulder.

Friedman was then an analyst with Bear Stearns from 1999–2002, and then was an associate at MidMark Capital, a private equity firm, from 2002-04.

Baseball[edit]

In 2003, through his investment banking friend, Matthew Silverman, he met Stuart Sternberg, who was about to purchase controlling interest in the Tampa Bay Rays. The group convened at a diner near Sternberg's home in Rye, New York. Sternberg and Friedman hit it off immediately, talking for hours. "He had the same thought process I did," Sternberg said. "I sensed his passion. His willingness to step away from a lucrative career meant an enormous amount to me.[4]

From 2004 to 2005, Friedman served as the Director of Baseball Development for the Rays. He was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager after the 2005 season, at the age of 28, replacing the club's first General Manager, Chuck LaMar, who was fired following the club's 8th losing season in its 8 years in existence.

Friedman gradually rebuilt the team, and it paid off in 2008 when the Rays made the postseason for the first time in franchise history, and advanced all the way to the World Series. For his efforts, he was named as Baseball Executive of the Year by Sporting News.[5] They also made the playoffs in 2010, 2011 and 2013 under his tenure.

On October 14, 2014, it was announced that he would leave the Rays to become the President of Baseball Operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers.[6] His contract with the Dodgers was reported at $35 million for five years, making him the highest paid front-office executive in baseball.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andrew Friedman — BR Bullpen". Baseball-reference.com. November 6, 2008. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ New York Times: "Religion and Baseball, a Scheduling Conflict" by Alan Schwartz October 2, 2008
  3. ^ "TU alum pivotal in assembling Amazin' Rays". NOLA.com. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Passionate, And Tough As Nails". .tbo.com. October 22, 2008. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  5. ^ http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=482619
  6. ^ Andrew Friedman to join Dodgers
  7. ^ Stephen, Eric (October 24, 2014). "Andrew Friedman's contract reportedly $35 million over 5 years". truebluela.com. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Chuck LaMar
Tampa Bay Rays General Manager
2005–2014
Succeeded by
Matthew Silverman
Preceded by
Position established
Los Angeles Dodgers President of Baseball Operations
2014–present
Succeeded by
Current