Beane also won the award in 1999. Nobody, including Beane, could have imagined that day arriving so soon. "It's always an honor to be voted on by your peers," Beane said with a laugh after the general managers emerged from an afternoon session on Thursday. Figuratively, as he carried on a lively conversation with media types during the General Managers Meetings at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, Beane was as free as a child running along a beach. The A's had a marvelous season catapulting into contention in the second half and winning the AL West on the final day with a come-from-behind victory over Texas in front of a raucous crowd at the O.co Coliseum.