After posting the franchise’s best record in their first 50 games, the 2022 Milwaukee Brewers season has concluded with them falling just short of a play off berth. The Brewers team expectations have continued to rise over the past five seasons or so. Unfortunately, their 2022 results were disappointing for they fell short in both repeating as division champs and making the play offs, despite an expanded postseason format.
Throughout the season, both David Stearns and Craig Counsell were criticized for decisions they made. Stearns was responsible for the moves made at the trade deadline, none of which panned out. This includes Trevor Rosenthal and Dinelson Lamet, in which neither of them ended up throwing a pitch for the Brewers. 2022 will go down as his worst trade deadline and it also ended up disrupting the teams chemistry in the process.
Counsell was often criticized for his starting lineups. We know that the lineup is always changing with Counsell as the manager. However, this year he often started players whose statistics or splits against certain handed pitchers said otherwise. Keston Hiura starting against left-handed pitchers is a great example of this. The bullpen also blew 16 games after the deadline, which isn’t entirely Counsell’s fault, but when pitching decisions don’t pan out the blame often times gets placed on the manager.
Despite the criticism, in a recent interview with 620 WTMJ David Stearns had an interesting comment. He indicated that he probably would not expect himself of Counsell to be anywhere besides Milwaukee for the 2023 season.
What about David and Craig Counsell’s future in Milwaukee? Will he or Craig be elsewhere in 2023?
Stearns told us, “I probably wouldn’t expect it.”
— Bryan Dee (@BryanJDee) October 6, 2022
Per the usual, David Stearns couldn’t give a straight answer to a question. He could have re-assured everyone with a yes or no answer, rather he says “I wouldn’t expect it”. Stearns, a Manhattan native, has often been tied to the New York Mets and his exact contract details are unknown. As for Counsell, he is under contract through the 2023 season. It will be interesting to see what happens with both of them this off-season.
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