Brewers: 7 Manager Candidates To Take Over Now That Craig Counsell Is Gone

Now that Craig Counsell left for the Cubs, who should manage the Brewers?
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Brewers manager candidate #6 - Rangers Associate Manager Will Venable

If you're going to hire a new manager, you might as well get one who just won the World Series. Will Venable has been a manager in waiting seemingly for a few years. He has the new "associate manager" title to Bruce Bochy down in Texas and has interviewed with several teams in recent years.

Venable was a player for the Rangers, which is why he was willing to stick around even after they hired Bruce Bochy to be manager instead of him. Venable may opt to wait until Bochy retires again to take over the Rangers, but he could instead look elsewhere to get out of Bochy's shadow and have full control over his team.

Venable is quite intelligent, a Princeton grad, and fits the mold of a modern, young, analytically inclined manager with a good feel for the game given his history as a player.

Brewers manager candidate #7 - Dodgers first base coach Clayton McCullough

The last time the Brewers did a full search for their manager job, it took them to southern California, hiring Ron Roenicke from the Los Angeles Angels. Perhaps they'll go back to Los Angeles again, but take from the Dodgers this time with Clayton McCullough.

McCullough has been a manager in the minor leagues with the Blue Jays for a number of years and has made the move up to the big league coaching staff with the Dodgers. He's also been a hot name in managing circles in recent years.

McCullough has reportedly "earned praise" for his work with younger players, which may make him the perfect candidate for the Brewers. Milwaukee has a ton of young players on their roster and more will be coming. The Freshmen debuted this year, including Garrett Mitchell, Sal Frelick, Joey Wiemer, and Brice Turang, and all of them fell a bit short of expectations, especially offensively. More rookies are coming next year with Tyler Black, Jackson Chourio, Robert Gasser, and Carlos Rodriguez, likely Jacob Misiorowski, and many more.

The Brewers are transitioning roster cores right now. Corbin Burnes, Willy Adames, and likely Brandon Woodruff will be on their way out and the farm system is going to have to keep this team competitive year in and year out. McCullough's ability to work with young players would make him an ideal option for Milwaukee to stay competitive moving forward.