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Craig Counsell joins Brewers front office

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Milwaukee Brewers

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers named Craig Counsell Special Assistant to the General Manager Tuesday morning. Counsell will be introduced at a 1:30 p.m. news conference at Miller Park.

In a news release issued Tuesday morning, General Manager Doug Melvin said, “We are pleased to have Craig join our organization in a very signifi cant role. His knowledge of how to play the game along with his work ethic and passion to see the Brewers succeed will now be utilized and welcomed by our front office.”

Counsell, 41, completed his 15th Major League season as a player in 2011. He owns a career .255 batting average in 1,623 games with Colorado (1995, ‘97), Florida (1997-99), Los Angeles (1999), Arizona (2000-03, ‘05-06) and Milwaukee (2004, ‘07-11). He played on four teams that qualified for the postseason, including World Series championships with Florida (1997) and Arizona (2001). He was named Most Valuable Player of the 2001 National League Championship Series after batting .381 in the Diamondbacks’ fi ve-game victory against Atlanta.

Counsell follows in the footsteps of his father, John, who worked in the Brewers front office.

Counsell is a 1988 graduate of Whitefish Bay High School and lives in the village with his family.