Counsell Named New Brewers Manager

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There will be no interim manager for the Milwaukee Brewers after the dismissal of Ron Roenicke. Instead the club announced Craig Counsel would be taking over at the helm, and signed the former player to a three year deal.

““Craig has many years of Major League playing experience, and his three-plus years of learning all aspects of baseball operations helps prepare him for this managerial position,” said general manager Doug Melvin in a press release by the team.

“There will be challenges, but Craig has never shied away from leadership responsibilities on the field as a player or in his most recent role.  I believe his on-field success as a player and his awareness for preparation should resonate in the clubhouse.  Growing up in Milwaukee, it is very important for him to bring a winning culture and team success to Brewers fans.”

Counsell, a Whitefish Bay native, won two World Series as a player during his 16 year MLB career before retiring as a Brewer in 2011. Following that season Counsell became a special assistant to the general manager, a position he has held until being moved to manager on Monday.

“I am grateful and honored to have the opportunity to manage the team that I rooted for, played for and worked for in the front office,” said Counsell.

“In the 10 years that I have been a member of the organization, I have grown to feel a great responsibility to baseball in the city of Milwaukee.  This has been a difficult time for the Brewers, and we all share the responsibility.  I understand the work ahead to be the team our fans deserve.  We have challenges ahead of us and I look forward to working tirelessly to achieve our goals.”

The first task for the 19th manager in Brewers team history will be turning around a ball club that is off to a 7-18 start to the season. That starts with a match-up against the Los Angeles Dodgers and defending National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw at Miller Park on Monday night.

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