The Milwaukee Brewers have made their first move in their rebuild by letting manager Ron Roenicke go. Monday morning at 10:30, they will announce their new manager. With the team headed in a new direction, they should give Craig Counsell an opportunity to lead.
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While Counsell has never had managerial experience, he looks to be a great option to try to lead this team for not only this season, but also into the future. He has not only showed his knowledge throughout his playing career, but also in the way that he has quickly moved up in the Brewers’ front office.
He had an interview during the offseason with the Tampa Bay Rays, but later pulled his name out of consideration. Though he has absolute zero big league experience as a manager, Counsell’s baseball IQ and nose to the grindstone attitude could become contagious among his players. He has been a winner on the field and that should follow him into the dugout. With a team that is expected to get much younger along the way having him as the new manager could be the perfect role model.
Tweets around the team from the Brewers’ beat writers appear to be heading towards Counsell as well.
Here is another example that points in that direction.
Many other moves like replacing Roenicke with some one on the current coaching staff would be a just a stopgap, but I feel by naming Counsell as the next manager the Brewers would have their choice for both now and into the future. Not only does he have Milwaukee ties, but after working closely with the organization he is fully clear on where this organization is heading.
Whoever it is, the initial task will not be easy as he will face the Los Angeles Dodgers for four games starting with Clayton Kershaw on Monday night.