The Milwaukee Brewers have found their replacement for former general manager turned advisor, Doug Melvin in former Houston Astros assistant to the general manager, 30-year-old David Stearns. Melvin, who had spent 12 years as the general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, decided to step down just a few weeks ago. Stearns graduated from Harvard in 2007, and served 3 years in the commissioner’s office before becoming the director of baseball operations for the Cleveland Indians for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. After leaving Cleveland, he became the assistant general manager for Houston, in which his duties included player evaluation, contract negotiation, and player development.

Sterns will be the youngest general manager in major league baseball. The Brewers desperately need an overhaul, as they have not made the playoffs since 2011. Since the start of the 2012 season, the Brewers have not finished higher than 3rd in their division. The Brewers were also said to be looking at candidates that were both young and may have possessed some form of an analytical background. The search for a general manager came to a close sooner than anyone had thought that it would, with the Brewers said to be looking at other candidates such as Rays VP of baseball operations Chaim Bloom, Pirates director of player personnel Tyrone Brooks, and A’s assistant general manager Dan Kantrovitz.

Ultimately, the Brew-crew decided that Sterns was the best man for the job and they felt that he could bring the analytical background that they were looking for, but he could also bring more than that to the table. It’ll be interesting to see where Milwaukee goes from here, but one thing is for certain, Sterns has a lot on his plate, and hopefully he will be up for the rebuild.

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