Dan Duquette2012 was Billy Beane’s year.

Brad Pitt played him in what turned out to be a pretty popular flick in the box office, then his Oakland Athletics rallied back to win the AL West over the Texas Rangers. Wednesday night, Beane was named Sporting News’ 2012 MLB Executive of the Year, an honor voted on by 57 of his peers around the game.

No one disputes Beane winning the honor after the A’s amazing season, but I was a little baffled to find out the Orioles Executive VP Dan Duquette didn’t receive a single vote. Beane took the honor with 31, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo had 13, Jon Daniels in Texas had 3, Reds’ GM Walt Jocketty had 3, John Mozeliak in St. Louis had two, Giants GM Brian Sabian and Ken Williams of the White Sox each had one vote.

Not a single vote for Dan Duquette, the guy who traded Jeremy Guthrie for Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom, signed Wei-Yin Chen from Taiwan, bring in postseason hero Nate McLouth and 28 year old rookie stud Miguel Gonzalez.

I didn’t expect Duq to take the honor over Beane, but thought he would definitely finish in the top three.