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Milwaukee Brewers New Manager: Craig Counsell

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The Milwaukee Brewers have named Craig Counsell manager, the 19th in franchise history.

The Brewers have hired their former infielder Craig Counsell to succeed Ron Roenicke as manager. The team dismissed Roenicke on Sunday, following a dismal start to the season.

Counsell grew up in the Milwaukee area and played the last five seasons of his 16-year baseball career with the Brewers. He retired in 2011. Since then, the 44-year-old has worked in the club's front office.

The Brewers have started the 2015 season with a 7-18 record, the worst in the major leagues. It follows the team's collapse during the final months of play in 2014. Milwaukee had led the NL's central division for most of the season, but then dropped out of contention, losing 40 of its last 56 games.

Counsell has signed a three-year contract with the Brewers which would take him through the 2017 season. He becomes the club's 19th manager.