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:
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
This is all without his drafted players coming up yet.
You could list the bad moves here as well, like:
Khrush for Nottingham
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.