- The Milwaukee Brewers decided to head in a different direction Monday.
The team hired Craig Counsell to replace manager Ron Roenicke.
The Brewers fired Roenicke after a 7-18 start to the season.
General Manager Doug Melvin said the late collapse last season also factored in his decision.
Counsell has served as Melvin's special assistant since 2012.
Counsell went to Whitefish Bay High School in Milwaukee and played for the Brewers during six of his 15 Major League seasons.
He looks forward to the opportunity.
"To try to give the fans what they deserve," Counsell said. "I'm going to try to come in here and win games, and that's what I'm going to try to do. Every single day we're going to try to win baseball games."
Counsell won two World Series as a player and was named the MVP of the 2001 NLCS with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Counsell is excited to work with the Brewers players.
"I'm going to try to get these guys to play at the best of their abilities," he said. "If we can do that we'll be good, and that's my number one goal."