Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations/General Manager
ERIK NEANDER (nee-ANN-der) was promoted to senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager on Nov 4, 2016. Among his duties, Erik focuses on the department's player evaluation and procurement processes, and, together with Chaim Bloom, directly oversees all functions within baseball operations.
At 33, Neander is the second-youngest general manager in major league baseball, after Milwaukee's David Stearns (32).
Erik enters his 11th season in the Rays organization, with much of his experience focused on player personnel, departmental administration as well as research and development. He joined the Rays in January 2007 as a baseball operations intern and was hired full-time in October 2007. He was later promoted to manager, baseball research and development in 2009, director of baseball operations prior to the 2012 season and vice president of baseball operations in October 2014.
Prior to joining the Rays, Erik worked for Baseball Info Solutions. The Oneonta, N.Y. native graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor's of science in food, nutrition and exercise. He and his wife, Jessica, reside in Tampa with their sons, Philip Elliott ("Penn") and Corbin, and their two rescue dogs.