Craig Counsell (2004, 2007-2011)
Perhaps the best, and most obvious, was saved for last. Craig Counsell is the current manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, as he has been since 2015 when Ron Roenicke was fired. On his current contract, he is set to serve as the manager of the Crew through 2020.
Though he also played for multiple teams, he was a member of the Milwaukee Brewers on two separate occasions as a player. He also ended his playing career with the Crew.
His Playing Career
The infielder began his career with the Colorado Rockies in 1995. He then played for the Florida Marlins, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Arizona Diamondbacks before he became a part of the Brewers squad for the first time in 2004.
He then found himself back in the Diamondbacks organization for two seasons before making his final stop in Milwaukee.
Counsell is remembered by many baseball fans for his unorthodox batting stance. He won two World Series championships, first with the Marlins and the second with the Diamondbacks.
His final career batting average is .255, with an on base percentage of .342. Counsell was named the NLCS MVP in 2001 en route to his second World Series victory.
Just after his retirement, he took on the job of being the special assistant to the GM, Doug Melvin. He also became a color guy for the Brewers radio broadcasts.
Then, in 2015, he was hired on as the new manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. In his time as the manager, the Crew has mainly been in a period of rebuilding. The 2017 season was a big surprise, as the young team finished in 2nd place in the tough NL Central. They barely missed the postseason, and Counsell’s efforts as manager were taken note of, finishing in 4th place in the race for the NL Manager of the Year.
The Crew is perhaps the team on this list that has had the most success up to this point in the year. They are currently atop the NL Central despite all of the obstacles they have faced in the first two months of the season. Though fans would like to root for the success of all Milwaukee Brewers alumni, Craig Counsell is the one on the list most Crew fans would tend to cheer for.