GREEN BAY, Wis (WBAY) – The Brewers 5 win improvement in 2016 earns manager Craig Counsell another swing at the plate. Brewers General Manager David Stearns announced Tuesday that Counsell and his entire coaching staff will return in 2017.
The Brewers won 73 games in 2016, despite it being year one of the organization’s rebuilding program. “No one is satisfied with 73 wins, that’s certainly not our end goal and we have a lot of work to do to get to where we ultimately want to be”, said Stearn. “But we do think this was a productive season for us going forward.”
Counsell took over managerial duties from Ron Roenicke early in the 2015 season, but inherited that coaching staff. Among the additions to the staff in 2016 was Counsell’s former college coach and San Diego Padres manager Pat Murphy, who was hired as Counsell’s bench coach this year. Counsell also hired a pitching coach, first base coach and assistant hitting coach before last season. “I do think we have to be together to develop into great; I think we have to have continuity to develop into being great and that’s what we are on the path to”, Counsell said Tuesday. “But we are starting out, and we are directionaly headed that way, but we need more time together.”
Counsell’s contract runs through next season, and an extension is a strong possibility although Stearns did not address that issue on Tuesday.