Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane speaks during a news conference Saturday, March 24, 2012.

Oakland Athletics' General Manager Billy Beane speaks during a news conference Saturday, March 24, 2012. (AP Photo)

Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane is being rewarded for his teams improbable run into the playoffs. Sporting News has named Beane as its 2012 Major League Baseball Executive of the Year.

Beane directed a massive overhaul of the A's before this past season, trading some of the team's best players for little-known prospects. The team stunned everyone, by winning 94 games to capture the American League West Championship.

Beane is known for his unconventional style which was the topic of the book Moneyball, which became an Oscar-nominated movie.

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