5. David Stearns and the Rest of the Front Office
David Stearns is the mastermind behind Milwaukee’s resurgence. He has built a front office full of the best minds in baseball, newly minted General Manager Matt Arnold, and Director of Baseball Research and Development Dan Turkenkopf, to name a few. While his moves haven’t always worked out, he hits much more than he misses.
2020 was a funky season, and the shockwaves will still be felt in 2021. Stearns and the rest of the front office have their work cut out for them to fill the holes still present at first and third base. However, they consistently proven time and again that they know what they are doing, and they know how to build a team.
Not every player on the roster was acquired by Stearns, Brandon Woodruff and Devin Williams were drafted by Doug Melvin, Josh Hader and Adrian Houser were also acquired by Melvin. But, every player on the roster has a spot because there is something Stearns sees in them that can and will produce a winner in Milwaukee.
While Stearns is not likely to sign the big fish, the front office will look to bolster depth and give Counsell the tools needed to work his magic. With the Cubs rolling over and showing their belly to the rest of the division, the Brewers are the de facto favorites by virtue of who they didn’t lose.
At the end of the day, with Stearns and the rest of the front office, it is very easy to be confident that Milwaukee will find a way to make it back to the playoffs for a fourth straight season.