24 Facts About Craig Counsell


Craig John Counsell was born on August 21,1970 and is an American former professional baseball player who is the manager for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,346

Craig Counsell was an infielder who played 16 seasons in MLB for five teams, and was known for his unique batting stance.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,347

Craig Counsell had several notable post-season performances, winning the World Series in 1997 with the Florida Marlins and in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,348

Craig Counsell has the distinction of having been on base for the last two times that the World Series ended with a walk-off hit, and was named the NLCS Most Valuable Player in 2001.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,349

Craig Counsell grew up in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, and attended Whitefish Bay High School, where he played baseball.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,350

Craig Counsell attended the University of Notre Dame, where he played for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish baseball team.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,351

Craig Counsell made his MLB debut with the Rockies on September 17,1995, appearing in only three games that season.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,352

Craig Counsell scored the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 7 of the 1997 World Series for the Marlins, on an Edgar Renteria single over pitcher Charles Nagy's head, after tying the game in the bottom of the ninth with a sacrifice fly.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,353

Craig Counsell batted 8-for-21 in the 2001 National League Championship Series, and won the NLCS Most Valuable Player Award.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,354

Craig Counsell was hit by a pitch by Mariano Rivera to load the bases for Luis Gonzalez in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 7 of the 2001 World Series, after which Gonzalez drove in the winning run for the Diamondbacks, a bloop single over the drawn-in infield.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,355

Craig Counsell returned to the Brewers as a free agent for 2007 and filled the role of utility infielder.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,356

Craig Counsell recorded his 1,000th career hit on August 16,2008, against Derek Lowe of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,357

In 2010, Craig Counsell was chosen as the 13th-smartest athlete in sports by Sporting News.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,358

From June 11 to August 3,2011, Craig Counsell tied the all-time record for consecutive at-bats without a base hit for a position player, going hitless over a streak of 45 at-bats as a bench player and spot starter.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,359

The record was broken only a few weeks after Craig Counsell tied it, by Eugenio Velez of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,360

Much of his career, Craig Counsell had a batting stance that was very distinctive, usually holding his bat high, with his arms straight above his head.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,361

Craig Counsell didn't wear batting gloves for the majority of his career, with the exception of his rookie season and his final season.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,362

In early 2012, Craig Counsell retired as a professional baseball player, and took a front office position with the Brewers.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,363

Craig Counsell served as special assistant to general manager Doug Melvin.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,364

In 2014, Craig Counsell was named a part-time color analyst for Brewers radio broadcasts.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,365

On May 4,2015, Craig Counsell was hired by the Brewers to become their manager after Ron Roenicke was fired the day before.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,366

Craig Counsell thus became only the second Brewers manager to lead the team to the postseason after managing a full season with the team.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,367

Craig Counsell finished 2nd in NL Manager of the Year voting, losing to San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler, with one first place vote, 22 second place votes, and four third place votes.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,368

On June 15,2022, with a win over the New York Mets, Craig Counsell passed Phil Garner for most wins as a Brewers manager.

FactSnippet No. 1,740,369