Brewers ink manager Counsell to 3-year extension

Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell is here to stay.

GM David Stearns announced at a press conference Friday that the Brewers have signed Counsell to a three-year extension that will run through the 2020 season.

"Craig possesses the skill set, intelligence and determination to lead our team back to consistent competitiveness," Stearns said in a statement. "Over the past year, I have observed Craig's leadership first hand, and am confident that he is the right man for this job."

Counsell guided the Brewers to a 73-89 record in his second season at the helm, presiding over a young roster in the midst of an organizational rebuild.

Originally tapped to lead the team after former manager Ron Roenicke was fired just 25 games into the 2015 season, Counsell has a career record of 134-165.

"Representing this franchise is a great honor for me," Counsell said in a statement. "We've taken the first steps of a difficult process. I am encouraged and inspired by both the progress we've made and the possibilities that lie ahead

A former infielder, Counsell spent the final five years of his playing career with the Brewers, before joining the team's front office as a special assistant to the GM in 2012.