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Craig Counsell | Second Baseman

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (45) / 8/21/1970
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 179
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Notre Dame

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Craig Counsell has been officially named the Brewers' manager on a three-year contract.
Ron Roenicke was let go on Sunday night, but it sure seems like this change has been in the works for some time. Most teams would name a new manager and give him interim status, but the Brewers have gone ahead and committed three years to Counsell, who carries no previous managerial experience. Counsell played 16 seasons in the majors -- six for Milwaukee -- and had been working as a special assistant to Brewers GM Doug Melvin for the last four seasons. He's a graduate of Notre Dame. May 4 - 11:22 AM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers have hired Craig Counsell as manager.

This isn't an interim thing, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today -- Counsell will be given a multi-year contract and is being viewed as a long-term replacement for the recently-canned Ron Roenicke. Milwaukee is off to a horrible start this season and there aren't many prospects on the farm, but there is plenty of high-level talent on the major league roster. Counsell, who attended Notre Dame before embarking on a 16-year major league career, will try to lead a quick turnaround. He has zero managerial experience.
May 4 - 8:39 AM

Craig Counsell reiterated Sunday that he won't consider returning to baseball.

Counsell retired in January. After Alex Gonzalez was injured Saturday, some wondered if Counsell would reconsider. "I don't have plans to play," he said. The 41-year-old infielder was a .255/.342/.344 career hitter over more than 1,600 games. He was also part of two World Series championships.
Sun, May 6, 2012 07:33:00 PM

Craig Counsell is retiring from baseball.

Counsell opened this offseason with the intention of continuing his playing career, but a market for him never materialized and he was recently offered a position in the Brewers' front office. The 41-year-old infielder was a .255/.342/.344 career hitter over more than 1,600 games. He was also part of two World Series championships.
Tue, Jan 17, 2012 09:50:00 AM

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said Tuesday that he will not attempt to re-sign Craig Counsell.

Counsell, 41, batted just .178/.280/.223 over 178 plate appearances with the Brewers this past season, including an ugly 0-for-45 funk. The veteran infielder intends to continue his playing career in 2012, but may have to accept a minor league deal in order to do it.
Tue, Nov 15, 2011 05:02:00 PM

Jon Paul Morosi of reports that Craig Counsell intends to continue his playing career in 2012.

Counsell this year had one of the worst seasons in recent memory, batting a hideous .178/.280/.223 while going through an 0-for-45 skid at one point. The 41-year-old at least offers some versatility, which might be enough for some team to bring him in for a bench role.
Fri, Nov 4, 2011 08:48:00 AM

Craig Counsell singled in a run Monday for his first RBI since July 10.

Counsell actually went hitless for the entire month of July, part of an 0-for-45 skid. Incredibly enough, this was the first time he drove in a run with a hit since May 8. He has five RBI in 132 at-bats this season.
Mon, Aug 22, 2011 08:27:00 PM

Craig Counsell hit a pinch-hit single to shallow right in the ninth inning to snap an 0-for-45 stretch.

In the process, he avoided matching Bill Bergen's notorious 0-for-46 mark set 101 years ago. "It's a relief just to do something right," Counsell said after the game. "It was just one hit, but it meant something to me." The 40-year-old's last hit came on June 10 during a 3-for-3 outburst. He is now hitting .153.
Sat, Aug 6, 2011 01:54:00 AM

Craig Counsell flew out as a pinch-hitter Monday.

Counsell now has zero hits in his last 45 at-bats and has watched his batting line plummet to .145/.235/.179. The Brewers are low on quality infielders but may need to cut the 41-year-old loose if things don't change soon.
Tue, Aug 2, 2011 11:22:00 AM

The Brewers aren't considering making a roster move with struggling INF Craig Counsell.

Counsell is batting just .173 on the season, and is 0 for his past 26. Set to turn 41 in August, Counsell is likely in the midst of his final major-league season.
Fri, Jul 8, 2011 08:42:00 AM

Brewers re-signed INF Craig Counsell to a one-year, $1.4 million contract.

Counsell agreed to the terms of the deal over the weekend, but it was not made final until Wednesday evening. The 40-year-old batted .250/.322/.319 with two home runs and 21 RBI across 204 at-bats for Milwaukee this past year and will serve as a utility infielder again in 2011.
Wed, Dec 22, 2010 05:37:00 PM

According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Craig Counsell's new one-year deal with the Brewers is worth $1.4 million.

It will be officially announced on Tuesday. Counsell made $2.1 million this past season, batting .250/.322/.319 with two homers and 21 RBI over 204 at-bats. Now 40 years old, he's not a full-time player anymore, but he's a nice insurance policy should Yuniesky Betancourt be, well, Yuniesky Betancourt in 2011.
Mon, Dec 20, 2010 08:20:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Brewers have agreed to a one-year contract with infielder Craig Counsell.

Financial terms of the deal are not yet known. Counsell, 40, batted just .250/.322/.391 with two home runs and 21 RBI over 204 at-bats this past season, but he's a fairly versatile fielder and a fine utilityman. He won't get enough playing time next year to be relevant in fantasy leagues.
Mon, Dec 20, 2010 10:34:00 AM

Adam McCalvy of reports that Craig Counsell's agent asked the Brewers for more time to consider his options.

According to McCalvy, the Brewers are "anxious to know whether he'll return." The now 40-year-old infielder batted just .250/.322/.391 with two home runs and 21 RBI this past season, but the Brewers value his veteran leadership and the ability to play multiple positions in the infield. It's not known which other teams may be interested.
Wed, Dec 8, 2010 09:00:00 AM

Brewers GM Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the club is "making progress" with free agent Craig Counsell.

Counsell turned 40 at the end of the 2010 regular season, but he's still a fairly productive offense player and his versatility on the infield is something the Brewers value highly. With few other teams in the hunt, if any, negotiations with the veteran should move pretty swiftly. He posted a .250/.322/.391 batting line, two homers and 21 RBI over 204 at-bats this past season.
Thu, Nov 11, 2010 07:33:00 PM

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