So long, David Stearns.
The Brewers announced a major shakeup in their front office on Thursday.
Stearns is stepping down as President of Baseball Operations.
Matt Arnold will assume that position.
Stearns will stay in an advisory role with the Brewers for now, but I fully expect him to be leading an organization elsewhere within a year or two.
So, what should we remember most about the David Stearns’ era?
Well, there’s a couple of things.
First, the moments.
Signing Lo Cain and Christian Yelich, chasing down the Cubs, Game 163, division championships, four consecutive playoff appearances.
Stearns helped restore the Brewers to a state of perennial relevancy.
Bigger than that, though, I’m going to remember our weekly conversations here on WTMJ.
David was contractually obligated to join us each week.
He wasn’t contractually obligated to give us anything, but he did.
He broke news with us, he laughed with us, he let us into his family and into the Brewers’ organization.
When I say “us,” I really mean “you,” the Brewers’ fans.
That just doesn’t happen everywhere in sports.
It’s special when you have someone that’s willing to open up the way David did.
He helped us win, he had his blemishes, but I’ll be rooting for him wherever he ends up next…as long as it’s not against the Brewers in October.