MILWAUKEE — Brewers general manager David Stearns wants reliever Josh Hader to “re-earn the trust” of his teammates when he rejoins the team Friday.
Milwaukee is set to resume its season following the All-Star break, the first time the club will assemble since Hader’s years-old racist and homophobic tweets surfaced during the All-Star Game.
“He’s going to have to work very hard to re-earn the trust of some people who may question who he is right now,” Stearns said. “I think I know who Josh Hader is, and I personally do not believe that these comments represent who he is as a person.”
The 24-year-old Hader apologized and took responsibility for the tweets after the game, saying they did not reflect his values or the person he is now.
He’ll return to a conflicted clubhouse, though teammates seem eager to accept Hader’s apologies.
“It’s a lot to deal with. I can’t really defend anything he said. I know it was a long time ago but at the same time, those tweets are wrong. It’s a lot,” third baseman Travis Shaw said before an optional workout Thursday at Miller Park. The team’s five All-Stars, including Hader, did not take part.
“I can defend the person he is now. I would have never guessed that something like that would come from him,” Shaw added. “He’s a good kid now. I’d never in a 100 years guess that he’d say something like that.”
Hader may address the team collectively. At the least, he’ll have questions to answer.
“We want to be there and support him, we want to hear what he has