Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell entered the 2023 season on an expiring contract. Extension rumors with new GM Matt Arnold swirled all offseason, but no deal was ever struck. Both Counsell and Arnold indicated that they are in no rush and so far talks appear to be dormant.
One reason why the Brewers all time leader in managerial wins has not inked a new contract may be due to family reasons. His kids are at an age where he is unable to attend their own ball games and extra curricular activities. He’s been Milwaukee’s manager since 2015, so it would be easy to understand why the National Leagues longest tenured manager would want to take some time away.
Another possibility, although a bit more far-fetched, is that Counsell has not signed a contract extension because he wants to follow David Stearns to New York. It is highly anticipated that Stearns will return home this winter and accept a high ranking front office position, so why not bring a manager that he is familiar with?
In a few months we will know the fate of both David Stearns and Craig Counsell. However, one MLB Insider accidentally spilled the expected outcome for Counsell at seasons end.
Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell is expected to step down at the end of the 2023 season (report).
During Bob Nightengale’s latest notebook he started talking about the potential of 10 different managerial openings this offseason. Here is what he had to say on Craig Counsell.
There could be as many as 10 managerial openings this winter, particularly if Dusty Baker retires from the Astros and Craig Counsell steps down as manager of the Brewers, as expected.
There is no way to know the validity of this report, or if Craig Counsell has even made up his mind yet. However, the fact that he has not signed a contract extension yet more so signals that the end of his tenure could be coming, but if he wants to stay managing a deal will get done.
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