The Milwaukee Brewers believe 2020 will be the next step in their most successful stretch of consistent winning in their 50-year history.
The man who’s job is to craft that championship team says that the year-in, year-out path of making the playoffs gives the Brewers their best shot.
“We’re back at it again. We believe this is a really talented team. It’s going to be a little different. It’s going to taste a little different, but it’s going to be a good team,” said Stearns on WTMJ and ESPN Milwaukee at Brewers On Deck.
“Ultimately, if you get enough bites at the apple, you’ll win a World Series.”
The team he crafted has lost stars like Mike Moustakas, Yasmani Grandal and Eric Thames, but are picking up newcomers whom they believe gives them the shot at their third straight postseason, a team record.
“We have to look sometimes at names that haven’t emerged on the national scene yet. That’s what has made us successful to this point,” said Stearns.
The Brewers will also have adjust to the changed September call-up rules. Previously, they could have 40 players on the roster in the final month of the season. Now, MLB rules demand just 28.
“I think we’re pretty well positioned to navigate what’s coming here,” said Stearns.
“The composition of our roster will help with that. We have a lot of guys with options…you can still send players up and down to the minor leagues.”