‘Upset Gwangtal (elimination at the speed of light)’ is also a hot topic because it has a very popular command tower. This is the story of Craig Counsell (53), manager of Milwaukee, Major League Baseball.
Milwaukee lost 2-5 in the second game of the National League Wild Card Game (NLWC, 2 wins out of 3) against Arizona held at American Family Field in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA on the 5th (Korean time). Milwaukee’s fall baseball season, which suffered two consecutive losses, ended shorter than expected.
The New York Post and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel focused on the future of Coach Counsell, who was eliminated early from the postseason. This is because the three-year extension contract signed with Milwaukee in 2020 ends this year.
Milwaukee ranked first in the National League Central Division with 92 wins, 70 losses, and a winning percentage of 0.568 in this regular season. However, in the wild card game played as the 3rd seed in the league, they lost face by being upset by Arizona, which entered the fall baseball season as the 6th seed and last. The future of the coach who took the helm can be uncertain, but the case of Milwaukee is different. Rather, it appears that Coach Counsell’s options are increasing.
Coach Counsell, who is familiar to domestic fans as he lifted the World Series championship trophy with Kim Byeong-hyun (44) in 2001 when he was an Arizona infielder, was appointed as manager of Milwaukee in 2015. After retiring as a player at the end of the 2011 season, many people initially had question marks about him as he immediately ascended to the position of head coach without any leadership experience, but Coach Counsell was recognized for his abilities and held on to his position for a whopping 9 years.
He has directed a total of 1,332 games as a major league manager, recording 707 wins, 625 losses, and a winning percentage of 0.531. He won district titles three times and advanced to the postseason five times. It’s a successful career.
In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee general manager Matt Arnold said, “I think very highly of Coach Counsell’s leadership skills. We would like him to remain as coach of Milwaukee. There are already so many good reasons to do so, but the decision has not been made.” “It’s up to him. We’ve had a lot of conversations about this. Coach Counsell has young children, so he may be away from the field and spend more time with his family. Whatever he chooses, I will respect his decision,” he said.
The media said, “Coach Counsell has two sons and two daughters. Two of his sons are playing baseball in college. His daughters are also active as athletes, although their sports are unknown. That is why Coach Counsell left the field for a while to spend time with his young children. “There is a possibility that we will spend more time together,” he predicted.
Meanwhile, the New York Post also mentioned the possibility of Coach Counsell transferring to the New York Mets.
The Mets paid $348,472,401 (about 443.2 billion won) in total annual salary this season, ranking first among all 30 major league teams. However, their season record was 75 wins, 87 losses, and a winning percentage of 0.463, ranking only 4th in the National League’s Eastern Division. The club fired coach Buck Showalter (67) last week due to poor performance this season. And David Stearns (38) was recently hired as the club’s president of baseball operations as the right person to reorganize the organization.
President Stearns was appointed as general manager of Milwaukee in 2015 and was promoted to president of baseball operations in 2019. And since he had experience running the Milwaukee team until last year, he has a special relationship with Coach Counsell.
At his inauguration press conference, President Stearns said, “We will conduct a wide search to appoint the vacant Mets manager without placing any time or space restrictions,” and added, “We will search leisurely and carefully until after the World Series is over.”메이저놀이터
The American media’s assessment is that this was ‘a remark made because there was someone he liked among the coaches who advanced to the postseason.’ Milwaukee was eliminated from the postseason sooner than expected, so Coach Counsell can now freely meet with President Stearns at any time.
Milwaukee owner Mark Attanasio (66) said in an interview with the New York Post, “Coach Counsell is a very thoughtful person. He has become an indispensable figure in our organization over the nine years since he took office as Milwaukee coach. The influence he has had here is “It’s truly amazing,” he said, and hoped to renew his contract.
In addition to Coach Counsell, the media mentioned former LA Angels manager Joe Madden (69) and Milwaukee bench coach Pat Murphy (65) as candidates for Mets manager. Houston manager Dusty Baker (74), whose contract expires at the end of this season, is also being discussed as the next Mets manager.
Meanwhile, Coach Counsell made his major league debut in Colorado in 1995 and played for Florida, the LA Dodgers, Arizona, and Milwaukee. His big league career records include a batting average of 0.255, 42 home runs, 390 RBI, and 103 stolen bases in 1,624 games.