Brewers Roster & Staff

Craig Counsell #30

MANAGING CAREER
Begins his fourth season as Brewers manager (220-241) and third full season.....was named the 19th manager in franchise history on 5/4/15, replacing Ron Roenicke...Signed a 3-year contract extension through 2020 on 11/11/16...Finished fourth in 2017 National League Manager of the Year voting as he led the team to a 13-win improvement (86-76).....the Brewers were eliminated on the penultimate day of the season, falling a game behind Colorado (87-75) for the second NL Wild Card spot...Was voted 2017 Sporting News NL Manager of the Year...Guided the team to a five-win improvement (73-89) during his first full season in 2016, including going 17-13 over the final 30 games...Did not have any coaching/managing experience prior to being named manager of the Brewers.....prior to his current position, served as a special assistant to the general manager (2012-15).


PLAYING CAREER
The former infielder played 16 seasons in the Major Leagues with Colorado (1995, 1997), Florida (1997-99), Los Angeles (1999), Arizona (2000-03, 2005-06) and Milwaukee (2004, 2007-11)• Hit .255 with 42 HR, 390 RBI and 103 SB in 1,624 career games...Was a member of the 1997 World Series champion Marlins and 2001 World Series champion Diamondbacks...Scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 7 in the 1997 World Series vs. Cleveland (10/26/97).....also sent that game to extra innings with a ninth-inning sacrifice fly...Was named Most Valuable Player of the 2001 NLCS vs. Atlanta, batting .381 (8-for-21) with 4 RBI in 5 games...Is the all-time Brewers franchise leader in career pinch hits (41) and pinch-hit at-bats (167)...Was selected by Colorado in the 11th round of the 1992 draft.


PERSONAL/MISCELLANEOUS
Is married.....wife's name is Michelle.....the couple has two sons, Brady and Jack, and two daughters, Finley and Rowan...Is a 1988 graduate of Whitefish Bay (WI) High School...Graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1992 with a degree in accounting...In 2012, the town of Whitefish Bay named the park that is home to the Whitefish Bay Little League in his honor...He and his family support a number of causes, including the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee, the Malaika Early Learning Center, the Boys & Girls Clubs and Notre Dame Athletics...His father, John, was an outfielder in the Twins organization from 1964-68.....John Counsell also worked for the Brewers as director of the speakers bureau (1979-85) and director of community relations (1986-87)...The spikes that Craig wore when he scored the game-winning run of the 1997 World Series were on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY.