diener34
The man, myth, the legend.

He's writing the book on how to assemble baseball players in golden age of analytics.

He didn't have 9 straight seasons of great draft picks to assemble this squad, he had 2.

He didn't have the money to sign Lester, Lackey, Heyward

He didn't have to go out and sign the biggest name to manage this group.  He looked within, a guy who with very little experience but the unique ability to understand Brewer baseball and the willingness to play modern baseball with an old school mentality.  Someone that could adapt to what happens inside and outside the clubhouse.

Stearns took the reigns on September 21 2015.  What followed was nothing less than a master class in how to build a club in real time without sacrificing a thing for the fans.

Guys picked off scrap heap:
Junior Guerra
Hernan Perez
Eric Thames
Jesus Aguilar
Dan Jennings

Trades
K-Rod for Pina
Cy Sneed for Villar
Segura for Diaz (Yelich), Anderson, and Aaron Hill
Jeffress/Lucroy for Brinson (Yelich), Ortiz (Schoop)
Thronburg for Shaw
Taylor Scott for Jeffress
Rijo for Kratz
Medieros for Soria
Villar for Schoop
No one for Cedeno
Lara for Gio Gonzalez
Orimoyole for Granderson
Phillips and Lopez for Moose

Legit signings
Cain
Miley
Chacin

This is all without his drafted players coming up yet.

You could list the bad moves here as well, like:
Khrush for Nottingham
Albers
Boone Logan
Not keeping scooter

But you look up and down the roster and you won't see a single wasted dollar.

In an offseason where teams were spending any money, Stearns went out and spent 80 million dollars on a 30 year old center fielder.  Then traded 3 of his prized top 15 prospects for a career .290 hitter that averaged about 18 home runs.

The only GM willing to go out and make his team better now, rather than waiting for Machado, Bryant, Arenado, Harper, has created possibly the deepest, arguably most talented 40 man roster in the National League.

The Brewers as a franchise have never been more well managed from the owner down to the minor league coordinator than they are now.  That is thanks to David Stearns.

Before you ask why I'm posting this now and not after the playoffs....It's for 1 simple reason. 

I don't know if you could have "Truly" considered the Brewers World Series contenders on August 27th this year.  Right now they are.  This is the only thing a fan can ask for in Major League Baseball.  A chance, and we have one for the first time in 7 years, and only the 3rd time since 1982.  Its not easy to do at all, and whatever happens from here on out CANNOT take away where we are or where we can go.

September 21 2015 - August 28th 2018 - Brewers Rebuild.

2 years 341 days.  1071 Days.  352 games.  A blink of an eye in terms of Baseball History.

Go Brewers.
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diener34 wrote:
The man, myth, the legend.

He's writing the book on how to assemble baseball players in golden age of analytics.

He didn't have 9 straight seasons of great draft picks to assemble this squad, he had 2.

He didn't have the money to sign Lester, Lackey, Heyward

He didn't have to go out and sign the biggest name to manage this group.  He looked within, a guy who with very little experience but the unique ability to understand Brewer baseball and the willingness to play modern baseball with an old school mentality.  Someone that could adapt to what happens inside and outside the clubhouse.

Stearns took the reigns on September 21 2015.  What followed was nothing less than a master class in how to build a club in real time without sacrificing a thing for the fans.

Guys picked off scrap heap:
Junior Guerra
Hernan Perez
Eric Thames
Jesus Aguilar
Dan Jennings

Trades
K-Rod for Pina
Cy Sneed for Villar
Segura for Diaz (Yelich), Anderson, and Aaron Hill
Jeffress/Lucroy for Brinson (Yelich), Ortiz (Schoop)
Thronburg for Shaw
Taylor Scott for Jeffress
Rijo for Kratz
Medieros for Soria
Villar for Schoop
No one for Cedeno
Lara for Gio Gonzalez
Orimoyole for Granderson
Phillips and Lopez for Moose

Legit signings
Cain
Miley
Chacin

This is all without his drafted players coming up yet.

You could list the bad moves here as well, like:
Khrush for Nottingham
Albers
Boone Logan
Not keeping scooter

But you look up and down the roster and you won't see a single wasted dollar.

In an offseason where teams were spending any money, Stearns went out and spent 80 million dollars on a 30 year old center fielder.  Then traded 3 of his prized top 15 prospects for a career .290 hitter that averaged about 18 home runs.

The only GM willing to go out and make his team better now, rather than waiting for Machado, Bryant, Arenado, Harper, has created possibly the deepest, arguably most talented 40 man roster in the National League.

The Brewers as a franchise have never been more well managed from the owner down to the minor league coordinator than they are now.  That is thanks to David Stearns.

Before you ask why I'm posting this now and not after the playoffs....It's for 1 simple reason. 

I don't know if you could have "Truly" considered the Brewers World Series contenders on August 27th this year.  Right now they are.  This is the only thing a fan can ask for in Major League Baseball.  A chance, and we have one for the first time in 7 years, and only the 3rd time since 1982.  Its not easy to do at all, and whatever happens from here on out CANNOT take away where we are or where we can go.

September 21 2015 - August 28th 2018 - Brewers Rebuild.

2 years 341 days.  1071 Days.  352 games.  A blink of an eye in terms of Baseball History.

Go Brewers.


Dont get your ski's ahead of your body. Brewers havent even won a post season game yet. Won a playoff game to win the division. The Brewers tremendously overacheived(especially the month of Sept) this season. Let's see what they do in the actually playoff before we put a stature out from of  Miller park of Stearns.   I give kudu's to Stearns for what he has done the past 3 seasons, but it isnt novel. The Oakland A's did a very similar thing since both Oakland and Milwaukee bottomed out with 68 wins in 2015. Oakland then went 69, 75 and won 97 this year. Brewers won 68 in 2015(then Stearns comes in) - they go 73, 86 and 96 this season with the divisional playoff win. Let's see if Stearns can match or even come close to what Billy Beane has done the past 20 years for a small market team - Oakland.

Hopefully, Milwaukee and Stearns can stay in the mix over time as Oakland has for the most part, even through several rebuilds.

Brewers were actually a playoff contender last season, until they played only 3 games over .500 after June 1st.
Oakland wasnt even considered a decent team in 2017.
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