5 Brewers Manager Replacements If Craig Counsell Doesn't Return In 2024

If Counsell walks away, who could step in?
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Brewers managerial candidate #3: Nashville Sounds manager Rick Sweet

Over the years, Rick Sweet has told so many players that their dreams are coming true and they're going to the big leagues. Maybe it's finally time the Brewers told Rick Sweet that he's going to the big leagues.

"Sweetie" has been a minor league manager since 1987 and has been in the Brewers minor league system since 2014, serving as their Triple-A manager every single year, from the Nashville Sounds, to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, to the San Antonio Missions, back to the Nashville Sounds. He's won five Manager of the Year awards and was named the International League's manager of the year in 2022.

In 2022, Sweet also won the Mike Coolbaugh award in recognition of his "outstanding baseball work ethic, knowledge of the game, and skill in mentoring young players on the field".

The Brewers may well prefer to have Sweet continue to manage their top minor league affiliate, where he's done a tremendous job, but he should at least be in consideration for the big league spot if he wants it. It's a nice gig he has in Triple-A Nashville, but if he wants to get his own call up to the big leagues, this could be his best chance.