The Houston Astros have a new assistant general manager, and it's David Stearns. This wouldn't normally be huge news, but Stearns is only 27 years old.
“David was highly recommended by several industry experts,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “His experience working at Major League Baseball as well as with three different clubs will be an asset for us.”
Stearns is a 2007 Harvard graduate and spent 2008-11 working in MLB's office of the commissioner. He spent last season as the Indians' director of baseball operations and also has experience working with the Mets, Pirates and the Arizona Fall League.
There has been a movement toward younger front-office executives in recent years, but it's still notable when a guy this young is promoted into such a lofty post within any organization. The youngest person to ever be named general manager is current Rangers GM Jon Daniels, who took the job at 28 years and 41 days old. So Stearns had better hurry if he's going to make history in taking the next step.
Regardless, it's very impressive to be an assistant general manager in baseball at age 27.