Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington was named MLB Executive Of The Year by the Sporting News. A panel of 31 baseball executives made the selection for Cherington's ride from 'worst to first'. Balloting was carried out prior to the postseason. The award was presented last night at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando. As we have said many times on this site, we feel Cherington is the single most important reason why the Red Sox won their eighth ring. Congratulations, Ben!