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The group of active Diamondbacks remaining from the 2001 World Series team shrank to three Tuesday with the announcement that Craig Counsell would retire after 15 seasons and take a front office position with the Milwaukee Brewers, where he played the last five seasons.
Counsell, 41, met the Milwaukee media Tuesday alongside Brewers general manager Doug Melvin to make the news official and left no doubt that his playing days were over, though he entered the offseason open to returning as a player.
"It's easy (to retire) when you've got more softball teams calling you than baseball teams, and those softball teams want to DH for you," Counsell joked Tuesday. "Although I waited a while in the offseason, this is kind of what I expected to happen, and I'm glad this is the way it happened."
Indeed, 2011 was a tough season for Counsell. As the Brewers captured their first division title in 29 years, Counsell hit just .178 with nine RBI and 28 hits, going through an 0-for-45 streak at one point.
Despite never overwhelming with numbers or flashy plays, Counsell experienced a kind of popularity in his career few players achieve. A Milwaukee native and World Series champion with the Diamondbacks and Florida Marlins, Counsell could count on loud, appreciative cheers in all three places.
Counsell was always a fan favorite in Arizona and was part of the Diamondbacks' ninth-inning rally in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series. Counsell was hit by Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera to load the bases just before Luis Gonzalez drove in the winning run on a bloop single.
Counsell follows in his father's footsteps by moving into the Brewers' front office, where he will serve as a special assistant to Melvin. He declined an offer from former Brewers hitting coach and new Cubs manager Dale Sveum to coach first base in Chicago.
His retirement leaves Lyle Overbay, Rod Barajas and Miguel Batista as the last remaining active players from the 2001 World Series champions.
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Milwaukee Brewers infielder Craig Counsell has decided to retire and join the club's front office.
The Brewers said Tuesday that Counsell will become special assistant to general manager Doug Melvin. Counsell is a Milwaukee native and follows his father into the Brewers' front office. John Counsell worked there from 1979-1987.
The 41-year-old Counsell completed his 15th...
MILWAUKEE -- After a 16-year career that included two World Series championships and two playoff appearances with his hometown Brewers, infielder Craig Counsell on Tuesday said goodbye to his playing career.
But he said hello to a new career: He is joining the Brewers front office as a special assistant to general manager Doug Melvin.
It was fitting, then, that Counsell announced...
Craig Counsell's playing career with the Brewers was already pretty much over. The team said early in the offseason they wouldn't be bringing him back, and have added a few Counsell-like players over the past couple months. Today, Counsell's playing career officially comes to a close, with the announcement of his retirement and hiring as Special Assistant to the General...
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Brewers infielder Craig Counsell has decided to retire and join the club's front office.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- When he was 19 years old, Craig Counsell met Sandy Alderson, who was the Oakland Athletics' general manager at the time.
After 16 seasons, nine postseason series and two World Series championships, Craig Counsell is ready to begin a second career as a special assistant to Brewers general manager Doug Melvin.
Craig Counsell will enter his role as a special advisor in the Brewers' front office having proved to be a consummate professional over his career. And he has the distinction of being part of two dramatic Game 7 rallies in the World Series. But Counsell holds a much more meaningful distinction to former Major League coach Rich Donnelly. To him, Counsell was, and forever is, ...
After a 15-year major league playing career that included two World Series victories, Craig Counsell announced his retirement as a player Tuesday, taking a front office job with the Milwaukee Brewers.