The Milwaukee Brewers season ended when they lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League Wild Card Round last week, and many are wondering what the future holds for Craig Counsell. Counsell’s contract expired as the manager of the Brewers, and many are wondering whether or not he will potentially return as the team’s manager in 2024 and beyond.
General manager Matt Arnold spoke to reporters on Tuesday during his wrap-up press conference. He told reporters, including Adam McCalvy of MLB.com:
“He’s our top choice here, for sure. I want to respect Craig. I want to respect the time he’s put into this franchise and the opprotunity he has in front of him.”
Craig Counsell has been rumored to be potentially the next manager of the New York Mets for a couple of reasons. The first reason is that New York fired Buck Showalter, and they are searching for a new manager. The second reason is because David Stearns, who used to work in the front office for the Milwaukee Brewers, is currently the President of Baseball Operations for the New York Mets.
If Craig Counsell Leaves the Milwaukee Brewers For a Different Team, They Will Need to Find a New Manager
If Counsell does wind up leaving the franchise, general manager Matt Arnold will be tasked with finding a new manager. He will have to line up his potential candidates. During his nine seasons with the Brewers, he had a 707-625 record, which was a .531 winning percentage, and has also made it to the playoffs a few times with the franchise.
One of the potential candidates to be the Brewers’ new general manager if Craig Counsell left is bench coach Pat Murphy. He has been with the franchise since 2016 and does have some managing experience with the San Diego Padres in 2015, but had a 42-58 record and a .438 winning percentage.
Will see if that is the route general manager Dan Arnold would choose. However, you would have to imagine there would be other possible candidates for the position if Counsell were elsewhere in 2024 and beyond.