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MILWAUKEE Milwaukee Brewers infielder Craig Counsell spent the past five seasons playing for his hometown team, and now he'll get the chance to start his front office career in the city where he grew up.
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin announced Tuesday that Counsell, whose retirement after 15 seasons was expected, will be a special assistant to the GM.
"We are pleased to have Craig join our organization in a very significant role," Melvin said in a statement. "His knowledge of how to play the game along with his work ethic and passion to see the Brewers succeed will now be utilized and welcomed by our front office."
Counsell, 41, struggled on the field in 2001, hitting a career-low .178 in 157 at-bats. At one point, he went 45 at-bats without a hit, one short of the longest hitless streak in major league history by a nonpitcher. Counsell, however, has career .255 batting average in 1,623 games with Colorado (1995, '97), Florida (1997-99), Los Angeles (1999), Arizona (2000-03, '05-06) and Milwaukee (2004, '07-11). He played on four teams that qualified for the postseason, including World Series winners in Florida (1997) and Arizona (2001). He was named MVP of the 2001 National League Championship Series after batting .381 in the Diamondbacks' five-game victory against Atlanta.
"I am excited to begin a new challenge in baseball," Counsell said in a statement. "I look forward to contributing in any way I can to the success of an organization that has been a special part my life for many years."
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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...
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.
The Milwaukee Brewers have named former infielder Craig Counsell as a special assistant to the general manager.