Huntington finishes second in voting for MLB Executive of the Year Award

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The Pirates' return to the postseason was not enough to earn Neal Huntington the Sporting News Executive of the Year Award, presented by the Sporting News.

The honor went to Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington whose team won the World Series title last month. He was named recipient tonight at the GM meetings in Orlando, Fla.

Cherington finished with 15 votes, and Huntington was next with nine, according to the publication. A a panel of 31 Major League Baseball executives voted.

Huntington who helped rebuild the organization since joining the club in 2007, made several key several acquisitions in the past year to give the Pirates the tools to win 94 games.

Cherington is credited with a series of moves that began late in 2012 that carried the Red Sox back to the top of baseball.

The Pirates have candidates for two more major awards this week: Clint Hurdle is a finalist for Manager of the Year, which will be announced Tuesday, and Andrew McCutchen is a finalist for MVP, which will be announced on Thursday.

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