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Sports - Florida Newsmakers of the Year

• MATT SILVERMAN - President, Tampa Bay Rays
• ANDREW FRIEDMAN - Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations
• JOE MADDON - Manager, Tampa Bay Rays


Matt Silverman, President

Andrew Friedman, Executive Vice President
A Solid Triple

With a 2010 payroll of $72 million, President Matt Silverman and Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman made some crafty moves in the off-season — picking up pitcher Joaquin Benoit, who became one of the top middle relievers in baseball, for $750,000 in base salary and Rafael Soriano, the American League saves leaders last season. While attendance is not what management would like, it's also not a barometer of the team's standing in the community, which has come a long way since the young executives took over. Manager Joe Maddon — a big believer in crunching stats and tweaking his lineup according to how each player matches up against an opponent — took the team to the playoffs for the second time in three seasons in a division where the Yankees' payroll is $207 million and the Red Sox's is $161 million.

— John Annunziata


Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay Rays manager [Photo: St. Petersburg Times]

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• PAT RILEY
General manager, Miami Heat


The triple threat: Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James [Photo: Jeff Daly/Newscom]


Pat Riley
Free-Agent Coup

General manager Pat Riley, as one writer put it, pulled off "the greatest free-agent coup in NBA history." Riley persuaded LeBron James, who joins Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, to sign for less money than he could have received by staying in Cleveland. Season ticket sales went so well the Heat fired its season ticket sales team — about 30 people, according to one published account.


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Business
Mark Wilson
Wilbur Ross Jr.
Lola Gonzalez
John Textor
Robert Clements
Thomas Gaffney
Hugh Green
R.J. Scaringe
Foreclosure Fighters
Julian MacQueen

Politics
Mel Martinez & The Dominoes

Military
Florida's Fallen Soldiers

Education
Frank Brogan
Maryellen Elia

Science/Innovation
Win Phillips & David Day
Ian MacDonald & William Hogarth

Environment
Extreme Temperatures

CRITTERS
Mystery Monkey

Sports
Tampa Bay Rays' Top Brass
Pat Riley

Volunteer/Non-Profit
Barth Green

Arts/Entertainment
New World Symphony
Pitbull
Pamela Tuscany

Dubious Achievers
Scott Rothstein
David Brooks

Jim Greer
Wayne McLeod
Lewis Freeman
Pawl Hawks
Lee Farkas