Milwaukee — David Stearns is stepping down from his role as the Brewers’ chief of baseball operations, saying Thursday he just needs a break and isn’t considering taking a job with any other organization.
Stearns will remain with Brewers in an advisory role to owner Mark Attanasio. Matt Arnold, who has served as the Brewers’ senior vice president and general manager since 2020, takes the lead in overseeing baseball operations.
“I’m looking forward to getting some time I haven’t had before,” Stearns said at a news conference. “I am looking forward to taking a deep breath. I am looking forward to spending time with my family, I am looking forward to spending time with friends. I am looking forward to pursuing some other interests. Also, I am not going anywhere. I am going to be here in Milwaukee.”
The Stearns period was marked by the Brewers’ greatest continued success. He joined the franchise in October 2015 as General Manager and was named Chief of Baseball Operations ahead of the 2019 season.
The team’s franchise record streak of four consecutive playoffs ended this season when they advanced 86-76 and finished a game behind the World Championship-crowned Philadelphia Phillies to the final wild card berth in the National League.
Milwaukee’s ability to consistently win as a budget-conscious franchise has made Stearns an attractive candidate for other organizations. Stearns, who is from New York City, has been mentioned for years as a possibility to join the Mets front office.
The Brewers have won 481 games over the past six seasons, behind the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves among the NL teams. He coordinated the 2018 trade with the Miami Marlins that brought in Christian Willich to Milwaukee and help turn brewers into legitimate competitors.
Yelich was the top player in the NL in 2018, when the Brewers reached the NL Championship Series and had not made their first World Championship appearance since 1982. Yelich finished second on the MVP ballot the following season.
Stearns said his favorite moment was the Brewers’ tiebreak victory over the Chicago Cubs to determine the 2018 NL Central Champion.
“David’s impact on the organization has been transformative,” Atanasio said in a statement. “He has created a process that has resulted in consistently highly competitive teams and has raised expectations to a new level both internally and with our fans.”
But this season, the Stearns have faced strong criticism for sending the All-Star four times Josh Hader To San Diego Padres on the trade deadline. The Brewers had a lead in NL Central by three games at trade time but faded from the match profile after Hader’s departure. Padres made it to the NLCS.
Stearns said the disappointing ending did not affect his decision to leave and that he had been considering the move “for several months”.
“I understand that people want to know what happens next, and the truth is I don’t know,” the 37-year-old said. “I don’t go into this by any plan. I think that my generation – part of my generation, and I would certainly put myself in this group – has a situation in which we feel that everything has to be planned separately Decision A must lead to Decision B which must leads to resolution “c”.
“In this case, I’m making Decision A because I think it’s the right thing to do. I don’t know what Decisions B and C will be, but I know Decision A is the right thing to do for me.”
Arnold is now in charge of a team that has a lot of questions off the season.
Defender Andrew McCutchencatcher Omar Narvaezbenefit Jess Peterson and diluents Taylor Rogers And the Trevor Rosenthal Free agents. The Brewers have to decide whether to choose a $10 million option for second baseman Colton Wong And a Savior’s Choice, worth $3 million Brad Boxberger.
Complicating further is Yelich’s big contract, whose performance has fizzled out significantly since the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Yelich will make $26 million for each of the next six seasons, although $4 million of that will be deferred each year.
“I think a lot of what Mark and I have talked about is the stability we have here,” said Arnold, who joined the Brewers in October 2015. I can’t imagine any major changes there.”
How long the Stearns will be part of that foundation – and the level of their involvement – is uncertain.
“I love baseball,” Stearns said. “Baseball has been a huge part of my life, and I expect it will continue to be a huge part of my life. And in any capacity, I think it has yet to be seen. I think that could be anything from being a fan – a really passionate fan – to one day working again.” In a senior leadership position. I won’t really be closing any doors, but I know it’s time to exhale a bit.”
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