After four years in the NL Manager of the Year race, Craig Counsell continued that streak with yet another second-place finish. The third of his tenure. In his seven seasons, Counsell has led the Brewers to four playoff berths and two division wins. Being a former player, it’s hard to imagine anyone else as the current skipper of The Crew. No other open managerial candidates are more qualified for the position. (He was never leaving.)
This may surprise you, but Counsell is 35 wins away from setting the franchise record. This record will be broken even if the lockout shortens this season. Phil Garner holds the current record with 563 wins. Counsell has gotten this far by making smart decisions regarding in-game substitutions, lineups/pitching rotation, challenging calls, and giving off signs when necessary. To Brewers fans, he is the best manager in MLB. He’s even my favorite manager in baseball, and I’m a Detroit Tigers fan!
This won’t be easy, but let’s try to find some negatives. Counsell has yet to get his team to a World Series. David Stearns and the front office have put together THE BEST pitching staff in MLB and, unfortunately, the team has not made it thus far. This season, the goal should be a World Series win, no questions asked. Corbin Burnes is fresh off of a CY Young and Christian Yelich is not getting any younger. The back end of the rotation and offense needs to be consistent regularly. As for Craig Counsell, he’s doing a marvelous job.
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