The Milwaukee Brewers got back on track with a 10-2 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday night, but the score meant more than just keeping pace in the NL playoff race. It was also the 564th all-time victory of Craig Counsell's managerial career, which sets the franchise record.
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Counsell last hurdle was passing Phil Garner, who captured 563 wins in 1,180 games managed from 1992-1999. The 51-year-old was humbled by the ensuing celebration as he was showered with beer by his players and watched video congratulatory messages from other accomplished coaches.
"What I told the players, I feel a lot of gratitude for everything that they've contributed to. They do the heavy lifting and it's been fun to watch a great era of Brewer baseball."- Craig Counsell
After Ron Roenicke was fired in May of 2015, Counsell was hired to turn things around. He has found a way to exceed expectations, leading the Brewers to the playoffs in each of the last four seasons. That is tied for the number of times the team made the playoffs in the 44 seasons prior his hiring.
It has to be even more thrilling for Counsell considering this is the team he grew up rooting for as a kid. The Wisconsin native first suited up for the Brewers in 2004 and returned to play from 2007-2011 as the bookend to his career. He logged 217 runs scored and 130 RBI in 711 games for Milwaukee.
Counsell owns a 564-508 record (.526 percentage) and is the longest tenured coach in the National League. He has his eyes set on bigger goals, though. The Brewers are currently tied for the seventh-best odds to win the World Series at +1500, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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