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Craig Counsell | Second Baseman

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (47) / 8/21/1970
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 179
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Notre Dame
Drafted: 1992 / Rd. 11 (0) / COL

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Recent News's Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers will announce a three-year contract extension for manager Craig Counsell on Friday.
Counsell's initial three-year contract was set to expire after next season. The skipper has led the Brew Crew to a 134-165 record in his time with the club, although they finished strong in 2016 with a 16-13 mark in September/October. Fri, Nov 11, 2016 10:19:00 AM

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David Kaplan of reports that the Brewers will hire Derek Johnson as their new pitching coach.

Johnson has been the Cubs’ minor-league pitching coordinator since 2013 and before that was the longtime pitching coach at Vanderbilt University. He's replacing Rick Kranitz, who was fired earlier this month. Johnson had been viewed as one of the main pieces the Cubs would use to lure David Price in free agency, as he was the lefty's pitching coach in college.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 11:33:00 AM

Brewers pitching coach Rick Kranitz has been fired.

Milwaukee will retain manager Craig Counsell, hitting coach Darnell Coles, and third base coach Ed Sedar, but none of the other members of the coaching staff will have their contracts renewed for 2016. Kranitz's pitching staff registered a combined 4.28 ERA in 2015, which ranked 24th in the major leagues.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 01:56:00 PM

Brian McTaggart of confirmed a report by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that David Stearns will be named the Brewers general manager on Monday.

Stearns is currently serving as the assistant general manager for the Astros. Widely considered one of the top young minds in all of baseball, Stearns graduated from Harvard in 2007 and had worked previously as the director of baseball operations for the Indians in 2011-2012 and prior to that in the baseball operations departments for the Pirates and Mets.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 06:13:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Astros assistant general manager David Stearns has emerged as the favorite for the Brewers general manager opening.

Rosenthal notes that the Brewers are close to completing the process of naming their next general manager. Stears, who has played an integral role in the full rebuild of the Astros organization, is very well respected in the baseball community and would be an excellent choice to lead the Brewers.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 05:44:00 PM

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.
Mon, May 4, 2015 11:22:00 AM

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.
Mon, May 4, 2015 08:39:00 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

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2Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jonathan Villar
2Hernan Perez
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SS1Orlando Arcia
2Eric Sogard
3Tyler Saladino
3B1Travis Shaw
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LF1Ryan Braun
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CF1Lorenzo Cain
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6Taylor Williams
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