The 2015 Milwaukee Brewers weren’t very good.
After starting off 7-18, former GM Doug Melvin decided to fire manager Ron Roenicke and hire his special assistant Craig Counsell.
Wait that name sounds familiar, is that the guy who had that weird batting stance?
Yes that’s him.
The 2015 year ended up being a great rebuilding year because despite finishing 68-94, Milwaukee got a couple of future building blocks in Josh Hader and Adrian Houser, and the Crew that year made a change in upper management. Doug Melvin transitioned into an advisory role and Milwaukee hired Houston Astros assistant GM David Stearns as new GM.
Since that point, the Brewers have been a model of consistency and a perennial playoff contender.
Craig Counsell deserves this accomplishment, he was called a baseball rat by former manager Jim Leyland, and Ned Yost who managed Counsell with the Brewers knew Counsell would excel in the manager’s role because “he knew the game inside and out.”
Congrats to Craig Counsell on this special achievement.