By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Oct 27, 2022 at 10:41 AM

The Brewers lost a key piece of their recent success this afternoon as the team announced today that President of Baseball Operations David Stearns will step down from his position with Milwaukee. 

According to the team, Stearns will stay in an advisory position with the Brewers – though he's also been rumored for years to be a potential front office candidate with the New York Mets. 

“This is not an easy decision for me and is something I have been wrestling with for a long time,” Stearns said, in a release. "Mark Attanasio and I have had an open dialogue, and we both knew this day could eventually come. It has been a priority for both of us that any transition would take place while the organization is in a healthy position with solid leadership and a talented roster going forward. That is certainly the case today."

“Over the last seven years, David has not only led our baseball operations at a high level, but he has also become a good friend," said Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio, in the release. "Our discussions about his long-term plans have always been open and candid, and while I am disappointed that David is stepping down, I am grateful to David and know he has a very bright future."

Since joining the team in 2015 as general manager, the Brewers are 554-479 with winning regular season records in five of the seven seasons and an unprecedented four straight postseason visits between 2018 and 2021 – including an NLCS trip in 2018. 

Stearns will be replaced by Matt Arnold, who's been with the Brewers since 2015 and has served as the team's senior vice president and general manager since 2020. 

“I want to thank Mark and David for their support throughout my seven years here. I am excited to be taking the reins in leading our baseball operations efforts,” Arnold said, in the release. “We have a dedicated staff that has identified and developed talent at both the amateur and professional levels. This has served us well over the years and will allow for a seamless transition. 

“Milwaukee and Wisconsin are home to our family and home to fans who consistently demonstrate their passion for the Brewers. I embrace the opportunity to continue working toward our goal – winning a World Series.” 

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more Brewers offseason updates.

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.