Craig Counsell Named Brewers Manager; Signs a Three-Year Contract Through 2017 Season
The Milwaukee Brewers have named Craig Counsell the 19th manager in franchise history, signing him to a three-year contract through the 2017 season. Counsell replaces Ron Roenicke, who was relieved of his duties last night. The announcement was made by President – Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.
“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 Melvin. “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, 44, joined the front office on January 17, 2012 as special assistant to the general manager. The former infielder enjoyed a 16-year Major League playing career, batting .255 with 42 HR, 390 RBI and 103 stolen bases in 1,624 games with Colorado (1995, ‘97), Florida (1997-99), Los Angeles (1999), Arizona(2000-03, 2005-06) and Milwaukee (2004, 2007-11). He was a member of World Series championship teams with Florida (1997) and Arizona (2001), and was named Most Valuable Player of the 2001 National League Championship Series.
“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.”
Counsell, a 1988 graduate of Whitefish Bay High School and 1992 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, resides in Whitefish Bay with his wife, Michelle, their sons, Brady and Jack, and daughters, Finley and Rowan. His father, John, worked in the Brewers front office as director of the speakers bureau (1979-85) and director of community relations (1986-87).
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ALL-TIME BREWERS MANAGERS (* Seattle Pilots)
Manager Years W-L PCT
Joe Schultz* 1969 64-98-1 .395
Dave Bristol 1970-72 144-209-1 .408
Roy McMillan 1972 1-1 .500
Del Crandall 1972-75 271-338 .445
Alex Grammas 1976-77 133-190 .412
George Bamberger 1978-80, ‘85-86 377-351 .518
Buck Rodgers 1980-82 124-102 .549
Harvey Kuenn 1975, 1982-83 160-118-1 .576
Rene Lachemann 1984 67-94 .416
Tom Trebelhorn 1986-91 422-397 .515
Phil Garner 1992-99 563-617 .477
Jim Lefebvre 1999 22-27 .449
Davey Lopes 2000-02 144-195-1 .426
Jerry Royster 2002 53-94 .361
Ned Yost 2003-08 457-502 .477
Dale Sveum 2008 7-5 .583
Ken Macha 2009-10 157-167 .485
Ron Roenicke 2011-15 342-331 .508
Craig Counsell 2015 – –