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The Milwaukee Brewers have named David Stearns as the organization’s General Manager. The announcement was made today by Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio.
Stearns, 30, comes to the organization after serving three years with the Houston Astros as Assistant General Manager. In that role, Stearns has been a key member of the Astros management team focusing on all areas of the Astros baseball operations, including player development, scouting, administration, and analytics.
“David is a rising star in Major League Baseball and has been an integral part of the rebuilding of an Astros organization that has begun to reap the benefits of his efforts,” Attanasio said. “David’s philosophy and skill set are an ideal match for the Brewers. His proven leadership and diverse set of talents will position us to consistently compete for a World Series championship.”
The Astros have put together one of Major League Baseball’s most dramatic turnarounds in recent history, going from 51 wins in 2013 to 70 last season and now currently occupying an American League Wild Card playoff spot with 79 wins though Sunday.
“This has been a position that I coveted for numerous reasons,” Stearns said. “First, I’m excited to continue building on what I believe is already a solid foundation of young talent with the Brewers, particularly in the Minor League system. And as someone coming from the outside, I’m impressed with the strong relationship between the community and the Club. The fan support is incredible, and I know that they will be behind us as we create something special here. I want to thank Mark Attanasio for bringing me on board, and appreciate all of the hard work that has been done by Doug Melvin and everyone at the Brewers to make this such a special opportunity.”
Prior to joining the Astros, Stearns served one year (2011-12) as the Director of Baseball Operations for the Cleveland Indians and three years (2008-11) with Major League Baseball’s Central Office, where he most recently held the position of Manager, Labor Relations. In that role, he assisted in the salary arbitration process, handling uniform player contracts, and was a member of MLB’s negotiating team for the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Before joining Major League Baseball, Stearns worked in the Baseball Operations Departments of the New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates and the Arizona Fall League. He is a graduate of Harvard University.
A native of New York City, Stearns is engaged to Whitney Ann Lee and will assume his new role with the Brewers on October 5.
Doug Melvin, who has been with the Brewers since 2002 and has served as President of Baseball Operations and General Manager since 2012, announced in August that he would be stepping down from the position.
Korn Ferry International assisted in the process of identifying and evaluating candidates in the search, led by Jed Hughes, its Vice Chairman, Global Sector Leader, Sports.
This weekend’s series vs. the Houston Astros will be critical for the Brewers in the playoff push and the players are doing their part to make sure Miller Park is filled with loud Brewers fans for these important games.
Ryan Braun and John Axford, on behalf of all Brewers players, are thanking Brewers fans for the incredible home field advantage they have helped create all season long by purchasing 5,000 tickets to the final game of Fan Appreciation Weekend, this Sunday, September 30.
“Brewers fans are without a doubt the best in baseball and we wanted to show them that their support has not gone unnoticed,” said Ryan. They make Miller Park the best home field advantage in the game.”
“The fans have been a tremendous part of our recent turnaround. It’s always great to play in front of a raucous Miller Park crowd,” said John. “This is just a small gesture of our appreciation.”
The 5,000 free tickets will be available exclusively on brewers.com/fanappreciation beginning at 10 a.m. CT today. Fans will only be responsible for paying a per order processing fee—there will be no other costs for the tickets. Maximum of four tickets per person.
We’ll distribute Rally Towels to everyone at the game on Sunday, as well as the games on Friday and Saturday. In addition, all fans in attendance on Sunday will receive a Scratch-Off Card with prizes including everything from 2013 game tickets to a game in a Miller Park Suite.
Tickets for all games of Fan Appreciation Weekend and the final three regular season games are available at the Miller Park Box Office, online at brewers.com or by calling the Brewers ticket office at (414) 902-4000.
-John and Cait
For Brewers fans, it’s been quite the September to remember. Over the last 29 games, the Crew is 23-6 and, so far this month the Crew has gone 14-4, including three-game sweeps against the Atlanta Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Crew is now 4-0-1 over their last 5 road series and has gone 12-5 over the last 17 road games.
During that time, according to the website coolstandings.com, the Brewers chances of making the 2012 Postseason have risen dramatically from .6% on September 1 to 17.5% as of today.
Currently, just one team—the St. Louis Cardinals—is ahead of the Brewers in the race for the second NL Wild Card spot. They lead by only 2.5 games as of the time of this post.
And, of course, there is still plenty of work to be done. The Brewers face a tough four-game set against the Washington Nationals and then a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds, both teams that clinched playoff berths yesterday.
However, then we return home for our final six regular season games of the year, three against the Houston Astros (September 28-30) and three against the San Diego Padres (October 1-3).
And, as we know, thanks to you guys, the best fans in baseball, we’ve got a home field advantage at Miller Park that is second to none. The Brewers have always had one of the best home records in baseball. Last season the team set a franchise record with 57 wins at Miller Park. This season, the Brewers are 46-29 at home including winning 19 of their last 22 home games. The Brewers tied a Miller Park record with nine straight wins from August 20 – September 12.
Brewers fans have remained positive this season and maintained that “never say die” attitude. Despite any apparent adversity, we all continue to believe in our team.
In fact, there’s a term for Brewers fans believing in the Crew. It’s something we’ve noticed that has been catching on across various social channels already and we’re jumping on board because, yes, like you, we #BREWLIEVE.
— Curt Hogg (@YouAStupidHogg) September 16, 2012
Oh dang, my bad I gotta get with it…#BREWlieve
— Manny Parra (@MannyParra26) September 13, 2012
Are you starting to #BREWLIEVE?? Brewers win again 9-7 sweeping the Pirates on the backs of Weeks and Ramirez!!!!
— 1250 WSSP (@1250WSSP) September 21, 2012
— Jim Henderson (@JimHenderson51) September 21, 2012
Comeback Crew. #Brewlieve
— Sophia Minnaert (@SophiaMinnaert) September 21, 2012
— Timber Rattlers (@TimberRattlers) September 20, 2012
So, as of now, the Brewers are hanging in there, winning games and doing their part. You can do yours by coming out and showing your support for the team during the final homestand of the season and spreading the #BREWLIEVE message to your friends.
Tweet using the hashtag to tell them why you #BREWLIEVE in the Crew. Share the graphic on Facebook and/or download your I #Brewlieve Facebook Timeline image here.
While no one knows how things will pan out, one thing’s for sure: MLB’s addition of two more Wild Card teams and a single elimination game in each league has certainly added to the excitement of the playoff push.
On Wednesday morning, Commissioner Selig told MLB.com’s Mark Newman, “It’s been amazing. It’s fascinating to watch the different things that have happened. We’ve got great division races, we’ve got a little of everything. You really judge how well we’ve done by the number of teams Labor Day and then post-Labor Day that are still in the hunt. Even I didn’t think we could do this well.”
Keep the faith, Brewers fans! #BREWLIEVE!
-John and Cait
Note: With the second Wild Card format for 2012, the three division winners in each league will await the survivor of a one-game playoff between the Wild Card teams in each league. Both games are slated for Friday, October 5, two days after the end of the regular season. Barring weather disruptions, the Division Series field of four teams in each league will begin the following Saturday and Sunday.