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Brewers: 8 Takeaways From David Stearns’ End Of Season Press Conference

MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 04: General manager David Stearns of the Milwaukee Brewers lines out before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park on May 4, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 04: General manager David Stearns of the Milwaukee Brewers lines out before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park on May 4, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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MILWAUKEE, WI – MAY 04: General manager David Stearns of the Milwaukee Brewers lines out before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park on May 4, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Every year, after the Brewers play their final game, Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns holds a press conference to discuss the end of the season and the upcoming offseason.

Stearns is adept at saying a lot of words while saying not much at all. He never gets too much into specifics, but you can read between the lines of what he says and can get a good understanding of what direction they might go.

He answered a lot of questions and some of his answers will change our perspective on where this team will be going forward into 2022.

Here are the key takeaways from David Stearns’ end of season Brewers press conference.

Takeaway #1: No one knows what happened with Christian Yelich

Stearns reiterated that there were no physical issues and no injuries hampering Yelich through the course of his struggles offensively this season.

When asked about if he knew what went wrong with Yelich’s power and his ability to produce, Stearns said “I don’t. I think if we did, if Christian knew exactly what had happened, it’s easier to solve.”

So Yelich is going to head into the offseason with no answers as to what went wrong and he’s going to have to figure that out over the course of the winter. The Brewers will obviously help him as much as they can, but as of right now, even they don’t know what’s wrong.

Takeaway #2: Someone from the coaching staff may get fired

It’s a standard question in every end of season press conference, someone always asks if the entire coaching staff will return or if they will make some changes. Typically, when they don’t plan on making changes, Stearns will announce off the bat that the entire staff will return.

This time, when Stearns was asked, he said “We’re going to talk through that over probably the next 7-10 days. We’ll have some meetings on that next week and then we’ll be able to provide more clarity on the coaching staff.”

That’s GM-speak that generally means someone’s job is in jeopardy. The coach with the hottest seat has to be hitting coach Andy Haines. The offense once again had a down season and was the reason the Brewers lost in the NLDS. With the struggles of key hitters like Yelich and Keston Hiura, a change may happen. It may not, but we’ll find out in the next 7-10 days.

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