Brewers Extend Manager Counsell Through 2020

Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell has agreed to a three-year extension to stay as Milwaukee’s manager until 2020, per an official announcement by the team on Friday.

“Representing this franchise is a great honor for me,” said Counsell, who grew up in Milwaukee and played six MLB seasons for the Brewers. “We’ve taken the first steps of a difficult process. I am encouraged and inspired by both the progress we’ve made and the possibilities that lie ahead.”

Since Counsell replaced Ron Roenicke as the Brewers’ manager in May 2015, the Brewers have went 135-165 under his rule. 2016 was Counsell’s first full season as the Brewers manager in year one of the Brewers rebuild, where they posted a 73-89 record that topped their 68-94 mark in 2015.

“This was probably the easiest decision I’ve head to make over the last year,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said at a press conference announcing the extension.

Counsell was originally given a three-year contract when he replaced Roenicke in 2015, and that deal was set to expire after the 2017 season. Now, Counsell believes he will survive long enough to be the Brewers manager when the team reaches the playoffs again:

“We have a big challenge in front of us, and I get to see it through,” Counsell said.

Milwaukee was ranked MLB Pipeline’s top farm system in baseball in August following trades that brought in prospects Lewis Brinson, Luis Ortiz, and Phil Bickford into their system.

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