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 on...