Milwaukee Brewers Name Craig Counsell Manager

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He finished his playing career with the Milwaukee Brewers. He starts his managerial career there.

Craig Counsell, who enjoyed World Series victories in Arizona and Florida, hopes to bring the Brewers their first ring. The Milwaukee Brewers hired him as their manager on Monday after firing Ron Roenicke on Sunday night.

The Brew Crew entered 2015 with high expectations after a late-season stall bumped them from the postseason in 2014. But the talented team’s woes continued into 2015. Their 7-18 record ranks dead last in the majors.

“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,” Counsell noted in a team release. “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.”

The “work ahead,” at least in the immediate future, looks daunting. The Brewers host the Los Angeles Dodgers, with Clayton Kershaw on the mound, to start the Craig Counsell-era tonight at Miller Park.