Baseball America has named the Milwaukee Brewers as their 2018 Organization of the Year. The award goes out to organizations that have generally exceeded expectations, and as Baseball America notes, the Brewers certainly exceeded expectations.
In 2015, the Brewers started a complete tear down of their franchise. Then General Manager Doug Melvin started the rebuild process before stepping down, the organization moved on from its manager and appointed Craig Counsell, and it started to eject stars like Carlos Gomez.
Fast forward just three years and the Brewers usurped the Cubs as division leaders, came within a single win of the World Series and had the league MVP. As Baseball America points out, it’s not just how successful the team has been, it’s the innovative steps its taken to get there.
In previous years, the accolade has gone to World Series winners, the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros; however, the Brewers are rewriting baseball, in a way. They’re showing that a club can be successful by consistently finding diamonds in the rough, that an organization can be aggressive acquiring young talent to use to step up and make deals when elite talent is available, and that the traditional mindset on the field doesn’t have to be the single path to success.
This award is just an exclamation point on a statement many people know to be true: it’s an exciting time to be a fan of the Milwaukee Brewers!