The Major League Baseball (MLB) Chicago Cubs, who failed to make the postseason, have hired former district rival Craig Counsell as their new manager. It’s the biggest payday ever.
The Cubs announced on Sunday that they have signed Counsell to a five-year, $40 million contract worth $5.2 billion. The contract, which averages $8 million per year, is the largest managerial contract in MLB history. Along with the hiring of Counsell, the Cubs also announced the firing of longtime manager David Ross.토토사이트
Counsell played for the Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Milwaukee Brewers during his career before retiring in 2011. He took over as Milwaukee’s manager at a young age in 2015.
Milwaukee, a franchise with limited financial resources, has transformed into a powerhouse under Counsell. After winning the division in 2018 with the best overall record in the National League, Milwaukee went on to make the postseason four years in a row through 2021. They won the Central again this season with a 92-70 record. In his nine seasons at the helm, the Brewers have been recognized as a perennial power in the league with a 707-605 record.
However, he has never won a championship. In the 2018 National League Championship Series, they were swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in a hard-fought Game 7, and have not won a division series since. His partner, president David Stearns, also left Milwaukee for the New York Mets, and when Counsell’s contract with Milwaukee expired this year, he became a prime candidate for a team in need of a managerial replacement, including the Mets.
The Cubs snatched him up. The Cubs finished second in the Central behind Milwaukee this season. After investing heavily in shortstop D’Arnaud Dansby Swanson for seven years and $177 million, the team signaled that a leadership change would be a game-changer next season.
Counsell is expected to take over next week. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were interviewing for Counsell’s job, hired former All-Star catcher Steven Vogt as their next head coach. Vogt played until last year and has only one year of managerial experience. The Mets hired former New York Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza.