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Brewers' Craig Counsell named runner-up for National League Manager of the Year

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Posted at 5:55 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 18:56:14-05

MILWAUKEE — Brewers' Manager Craig Counsell was named runner-up for the National League (NL) Manager of the Year award for the second year in a row.

Counsell and the Brewers finished the season winning 21 of their last 28 games. This is two more wins than the team had last year when Counsell was named runner-up to the Atlanta Braves' Brian Snitker.

Mike Shildt of the St. Louis Cardinals had fewer first place votes than Counsell, but Shildt won the award with more points overall.

Counsell pulled off the kind of season many weren't expecting. On Sept. 7, the Brewers only had a 6% chance of making it to the postseason. However, the Brewers proceeded to win 18 of their next 20 games and clinched their spot into the postseason for the second year in a row. This was the first time since 1981-82 that the Brewers were in the postseason in back-to-back years.

Even after losing star player Christian Yelich to a season ending knee injury, the team managed to pull together and produce a season to be proud of. In fact, even after missing the last three weeks of the season, Yelich has been named an NL MVP finalist: the winner of that will be announced on Thursday.