Andrew Friedman

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Andrew Friedman
Andrew Friedman 2011.jpg
Friedman in 2011.
Born (1976-11-13) November 13, 1976 (age 37)
Houston, Texas
Alma mater Tulane University
Occupation General Manager/Executive Vice President
Years active 2005-present
Organization Tampa Bay Rays

Andrew Friedman (born November 13, 1976, in Houston, Texas)[1] is the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and general manager of Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays.

Early life[edit]

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,[2] 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 buddy, Matt Silverman (now president of the Rays), he met Stuart Sternberg, who was about to purchase controlling interest in Tampa Bay's baseball franchise. 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.[3]

From 2004 to 2005, Friedman served as the Director of Baseball Development for the Rays.

Friedman was promoted to his current position 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.[4]

Friedman's biggest strengths, according to those who have worked closely with him, are his ability to listen and incorporate the opinions of others.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andrew Friedman — BR Bullpen". Baseball-reference.com. 2008-11-06. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  2. ^ "TU alum pivotal in assembling Amazin' Rays". NOLA.com. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  3. ^ "Passionate, And Tough As Nails". .tbo.com. 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  4. ^ http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=482619
  5. ^ "Rays' astute moves take them from cellar to summit — MLB — ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Chuck LaMar
Tampa Bay Rays General Manager
2005
Succeeded by
incumbent