Less than 24 hours after firing Ron Roenicke, the Milwaukee Brewers have hired their replacement in Craig Counsell.
Counsell spent 16 seasons in Major League Baseball including six with the Brewers. He has no managerial experience at any level and served as a special assistant to general manager Doug Melvin. He signed a three-year deal.
Roenicke was fired after a 7-18 start, despite winning two out of three games against the Chicago Cubs this weekend.
After starting 20-7 last season and spending the majority of the season in first place, the Brewers collapsed, finishing 9-22 to end the season.
Counsell was selected as the man in part of his relationship with the players. Despite not having managing experience, Melvin feels like they have the right man for the job.
“Craig has many years of major league playing experience, and his three-plus years of learning all aspects of baseball operations helps prepare him for this managerial position,” Melvin said in a statement. “There will be challenges, but Craig has never shied away from leadership responsibilities on the field as a player or in his most recent role.
“I believe his on-field success as a player and his awareness for preparation should resonate in the clubhouse. Growing up in Milwaukee, it is very important for him to bring a winning culture and team success to Brewers fans.”