Milwaukee CEO David Stearns didn’t have to think much when it came to a new long-term deal for manager Craig Counsell.

“Both Craig and I thought this was probably an inevitability at some point,” said Stearns on Wednesday after announcing a three-year extension for Counsell throughout the 2023 season. “It was just a matter of finding time to work out. the details.”

Hired to replace Ron Roenicke a month in the 2015 season, Counsell led the Brewers to appear after the season after the season for the second time in the team’s history and first since 1981 and ’82.

Counsell is already the longest running manager in the National League. Of all the big league managers, he is fifth behind Bob Melvin of A, Terry Francona of Cleveland, AJ Hinch of Houston and Kevin Cash of Tampa Bay.

“You know this job doesn’t have much security,” said Counsell. “I think we have taken steps to put the franchise in a good place, and this will be the work going on – to keep it in a good place and to make us contend for the playoff appearances and the World Series titles. This is our mission that goes on and hopefully with some stability that helps us do it. “

Milwaukee scored 96-67 in 2018, beating the Chicago Cubs in a draw for the NL Central title and winning the franchise record for wins. The Brewers made it to Game 7 of the NL Championship Series, losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers, then lost to Washington in last year’s wildcard game NL after losing an eighth lead.

• Add Asdrubal Cabrera to the group of players that Washington citizens are bringing back and that they use to create flexibility in their playing field. Cabrera and citizens have entered into a one-year contract that includes a salary of $ 2.5 million and the opportunity to earn performance bonuses.

The team also completed its $ 4 million annual contract with first base Eric Thames, which includes a mutual option for 2021.

Cabrera, 34, was a large part of Washington’s soaring World Series hitting .323 with six homers and 40 RBI in 38 games after signing with citizens in August. Thames, 33, had 25 humeri and 61 RBI with the Brewers in 2019, his third season with that team.

• Relief pitcher Hector Rondon and Arizona Diamondbacks have reportedly agreed on an annual $ 3 million contract. The 31-year-old right is a seven-year veteran who helped the Chicago Cubs win the World Series in 2016. He launched last season for the Houston Astros and had a 3.71 ERA out of 62 appearances, including a start.

Football: The Leicester substitutes launched into a rare concentration interval by Aston Villa to recover a 1-1 draw for their team in the first leg of the English League Cup semi-final. The second stop is on January 28th at Villa Park. The winner faces Manchester City or Manchester United in the final, with City 3-1 ahead of Tuesday’s first leg.

• Aided by a gluttonous goal from Toni Kroos directly from a corner, Real Madrid defeated Valencia 3-1 to kick off the renewed Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia.


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