Former Notre Dame player named Milwaukee Brewers manager

Tribune Staff Report
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The Milwaukee Brewers have named former Notre Dame player Craig Counsell the 19th manager in franchise history, signing him to a three-year contract through the 2017 season.

Counsell replaces Ron Roenicke, who was fired Sunday night. 

Counsell was born in South Bend and played for former Irish coach Pat Murphy before graduating from Notre Dame in 1992.

"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," said Doug Melvin, the Brewers' general manager.

Counsell, 44, joined the Brewers front office in 2012 as special assistant to the general manager.

The former infielder played 16 years of Major League baseball, batting .255 with 42 HR, 390 RBI and 103 stolen bases in 1,624 games. He played for Colorado, Florida, Los Angeles,  Arizona and Milwaukee.

He was a member of World Series championship teams with Florida (1997) and Arizona (2001), and was named Most Valuable Player of the 2001 National League Championship Series.

"I am grateful and honored to have the opportunity to manage the team that I rooted for, played for and worked for in the front office," Counsell said. "We have challenges ahead of us and I look forward to working tirelessly to achieve our goals."

Milwaukee Brewers new manager Craig Counsell, right, and general manager Doug Melvin answer questions at a baseball news conference Monday, May 4, 2015, in Milwaukee. Counsell replaces manager Ron Roenicke who was fired on Sunday. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)