As you may have heard, Craig Counsell, Brewers infielder and Whitefish bay native, retired from playing baseball only to join the front office of the Brewers. The Brewers announced Craig joining the Brewers front office as Special Assistant to the General Manager.
Apparently Counsell’s first love for baseball was managing, not playing, but I am sure the skill and dedication he brought being a player, and that experience, will make him a great front office man in whatever aspect he finds himself in the coming years. it doesn’t hurt that Counsell follows in the footsteps of his father, John, who worked in the Milwaukee front office for eight years himself.
Counsell had debated what to do this offseason, after turning 41 and having a rough patch the past season including an 0-for-45 streak that spanned nearly two months. He had offers to play but in the minor leagues, he had an offer to be a first-base coach, but none of it felt right. Then the Brewers offered to keep him – only in the front office – right where he always wanted to be. Counsell lives back in Whitefish bay where he grew up and he can now stay there with his family and with the team he finished his playing time with.
As a player, and now in the front office, Counsell has and will bring vast experience and professionalism having played for four teams that qualified for the postseason, including World Series championships with Florida (1997) and Arizona (2001). He was also named Most Valuable Player of the 2001 National League Championship Series after batting .381 in the Diamondbacks’ five-game victory against Atlanta.
Congratulations and best of luck to Mr. Counsell.