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ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 1: Manager Craig Counsell #30 of the Milwaukee Brewers looks on during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on October 1, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE -- For his work in raising the Milwaukee Brewers' win total by 13, Brewers manager Craig Counsell has earned some hardware.
The Sporting News has given him its Manager of the Year award for the National League this year.
Counsell, who is from Whitefish Bay, became manager of the Brewers early in the 2015 season after the firing of Ron Roenicke.
After piloting Milwaukee to 73 wins in 2016, a major rebuilding year, the Brewers rose to 86 wins and came within one game of reachign the National League playoffs.
The Baseball Writers' Association of America gives out the official MLB award in November.