CGPS Varsity Baseball and Softball Teams Meet with Milwaukee Brewers GM David Stearns ’03

 

On Sunday, April 28, the CGPS varsity boys baseball and girls softball teams had the opportunity not only to go see the New York Mets play the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field, but also to meet David Stearns ’03, the president of baseball operations and general manager of the Brewers. A lifelong fan of the sport, David played varsity baseball at CGPS and even a little at Harvard University, where he studied political science.  As a college athlete, David quickly came to the realization that making it to the MLB wasn’t likely — at least not as a player. He was determined to keep America’s pastime a significant part of his life, setting his sights on joining the MLB, except this time with a briefcase, and not a bat, in hand. After time with the Mets, the Cleveland Indians, the Houston Astros and in MLB’s corporate offices, he was named the Brewer’s General Manager in 2015 at only 30, one of the youngest general managers in MLB history.

 

David covered wide-ranging topics in his speech to the student athletes,. He explained that junior year of high school is one of life’s most challenging periods and that anyone who successfully makes it through is well-equipped for whatever their professional and academic lives throw at them. David urges students never to give up while trying to get their foot in the door as young professionals, noting that he struck out more than a few times before hitting a homerun. Another piece of advice David had for the students? Learn how to code. With the rapid rise of computer science, David stressed knowing how to program is a crucial skill in today’s professional landscape. Varsity baseball player Jared K. ’19 appreciated the chance to learn from David: “Meeting David was an incredible experience for the entire team because not only were we able to meet a prominent figure in baseball, but also a person who came from the same community we belong to. His story was fascinating and showed us what it takes to be in the position that he is in.”