Career postseason numbers: Rodriguez and Jeter

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After briefly getting some reluctant love from Yankees fans while batting .438 with five homers and 12 RBIs through the first two playoff rounds, Alex Rodriguez is 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in the World Series.
Judging from the fan and media reaction Rodriguez seems to be one more 0-fer away from once again being public enemy No. 1 in New York.
With that in mind, I thought it might be interesting to compare the career postseason numbers for Rodriguez and Derek Jeter …
Rodriguez: .294 batting average, .393 on-base percentage, .545 slugging percentage, .938 OPS
Jeter: .311 batting average, .383 on-base percentage, .481 slugging percentage, .864 OPS
Just saying.

Brewers promote David Stearns from GM to president of baseball operations

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It used to be that the top dog in a team’s baseball operations department was the general manager. That has changed over the past several years with some combination of title inflation, a genuine addition of supervisory layers and, on some level, employe poaching insurance leading to the top dog now being called, usually, a “president of baseball operations.”

Brewers’ general manager David Stearns is the latest to assume that tile, as the club just announced that he has been promoted to Milwaukee’s president of baseball operations. He has also received a contract extension of unknown length.

Not a big shock given how well the Brewers did in 2018, winning the NL Central title and playing in the NLCS. It’s also worth noting — with a nod to that “employee poaching insurance” item above — that Stearns has drawn some interest from other organizations. It’s thus not unfair to see the promotion is both a thanks for a job well done and a means of keeping other teams’ hands off of him, as employees are generally not given permission to interview for lateral moves, but are given permission to interview for promotions.

The Mudville Nine may have wanted to steal him from Milwaukee, but for Stearns to get a promotion from where he is now would require the creation of some other lofty title.