Craig Counsell is a former professional baseball player and current manager for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball.
He was previously the manager for the Milwaukee Brewers for nine seasons, leading them to five postseason appearances and three division titles.
He is also a two-time World Series champion as a player, with the Florida Marlins in 1997 and the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001.
He was named the NLCS Most Valuable Player in 2001. He is known for his unique batting stance and his tactical acumen as a manager.
Craig Counsell Biography
Counsell was born in South Bend, Indiana. He grew up in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, and attended Whitefish Bay High School, where he played baseball.
His father, John, worked for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB) as their director of the speakers bureau and director of community relations.
Counsell attended the University of Notre Dame, where he played for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish baseball team.
He was an infielder for the Irish, with a career batting average of .306, 204 runs, 166 RBI, 50 doubles and twice as many walks (166) as strikeouts (82), graduating in 1992.
Craig Counsell’s professional career began in 1992, when he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 11th round of the MLB Draft.
He made his major league debut in 1995, playing only three games for the Rockies that season. He was traded to the Florida Marlins in 1997, where he became the starting second baseman and won his first World Series.
He played for four other teams in his 16-year career, winning another World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001. He retired as a player in 2011 and became the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2015.
He led the Brewers to five playoff appearances and became the winningest manager in franchise history.
He left the Brewers after the 2023 season and joined the Chicago Cubs as their new manager in 2024.
Craig Counsell Wife
Counsell’s wife is Michelle Counsell, a woman he met and dated since high school. They got married on February 9, 2001, in a private ceremony.
Craig Counsell Children
Craig Counsell has four children with his wife Michelle Counsell. Their names are Brady, Jack, Finley, and Rowan.
Craig Counsell Parents
Craig Counsell’s parents are John Counsell and Jan Counsell.
His father, John, worked for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB) as their director of the speakers bureau and director of community relations from 1978 to 1988.
His mother, Jan, is a homemaker who supported Craig’s baseball career from an early age.
Craig Counsell Siblings
Craig Counsell has three siblings: an elder brother named Brady Counsell and two younger sisters named Finley Counsell and Rowan Counsell.
Craig Counsell Family
Brady Counsell: He is Craig and Michelle’s eldest son.
Jack Counsell: He is Craig and Michelle’s second son.
Finley Counsell: She is Craig and Michelle’s eldest daughter.
Rowan Counsell: She is Craig and Michelle’s youngest daughter.
Craig Counsell Net worth
Craig Counsell’s approximate net worth is $5 million.