David Stearns Hired as Brewers GM: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistSeptember 21, 2015

MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 20:  Milwaukee Brewers players celebrate an 8-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park on September 20, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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The Milwaukee Brewers announced Monday that David Stearns would be taking over as general manager, per the team's official Twitter account:

Milwaukee Brewers @Brewers

Welcome to new #Brewers GM David Stearns. Watch the press conference LIVE now: http://t.co/v4BR5NIcyb http://t.co/gu0TLxOc49

Stearns, 30, becomes the league's youngest general manager, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. He is taking over for Doug Melvin, "who is transitioning to an advisory role with the Brewers after serving as the team's GM since 2002."  

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports doesn't think Stearns' age is any cause for concern:

Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

Yes, new #Brewers GM David Stearns is only 30. But Theo Epstein, Jon Daniels and Andrew Friedman all became GMs when they were 28.

He'll certainly have his work cut out for him. The Brewers are currently 63-86 and in last place in the NL Central. Only the Philadelphia Phillies (56-94) and the Atlanta Braves (60-90) have been worse in the National League this year. 

Jim Bowden of ESPN.com thinks he's up for the task:

Jim Bowden @JimBowdenGM

Great hire by the Brewers nabbing David Stearns as their new GM. Bright, decisive, strong people skills, well rounded. #Respected

The Brewers are clearly in a rebuilding, transitioning phase, so hiring a smart, young general manager to lead them into a new era is a savvy move. Stearns is respected around the league and should have a long future in the game, so the Brewers will be hoping they have MLB's next great GM in the building for a long time.

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