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Opening Day Countdown: Counsell’s 61 Wins

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May 20, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell (30) during the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell (30) during the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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With 61 days left until Opening Day, let’s take a look back at the 2015 season as it was quite the odd year for the Brewers as fans weren’t exactly sure what to expect. No big off-season moves were made besides the signing of Adam Lind and shipping Yovani Gallardo to the Rangers for 3 young prospects. Losing 22 of their final 31 games in 2014 made fans question the return of Ron Roenicke, but just the opposite happened. He was brought back for another season and had a team option for 2016.

As the season was going downhill from the start, fans began to scratch their heads and wonder if Mark Attanasio and company made the right decision bringing Roenicke back and adding to his contract. But, at 7-18 at the beginning in May, the Brewers owner let him go and called on Craig Counsell. Fans weren’t so much surprised that Counsell was called on to manage the team as he had been a special assistant to Doug Melvin since 2012, but more so that Roenicke even started the 2015 season. No matter what the odd timing was and all the questions were surrounding it, fans had to move on and see what Counsell had to offer.

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After the new skipper’s first win against Clayton Kershaw and company after being down 3-0 going into the 8th gave a small glimpse of hope for fans, reality soon came calling as the Brewers went 9-16 for the rest of May. Although, we can’t quite judge Counsell for not even managing one full season, with his youth and player experience with the Brewers in recent years, the Crew hope he can build upon his experience being in the front office researching players being brought up in the organization and also serve as a role model as he’s certainly had his highs and lows during his playing career. 61-76 was Counsell’s full record and with each coming season fans hope he’ll soon be above .500.

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