Major League Baseball snubbed Brewers manager Craig Counsell the NL Manager of the Year, instead choosing Brian Snitker of the Atlanta Braves.
The announcement was made Tuesday evening. Counsell was named a finalist along with the Rockies manager Bud Black and Snitker.
Congratulations to the 2018 NL Manager of the Year, Brian Snitker from the @Braves, and also to Brewers Manager Craig Counsell who finished second in voting by the @officialBBWAA. pic.twitter.com/nrSCVTj6ZR
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) November 13, 2018
Counsell, a Whitefish Bay native, was one of the big reasons why the Brewers Won the NL Central Division title and made it to the NLCS.
Counsell is a new age manager, going with out-getters and pitching matchups.
He tied the Brewers franchise record with 96 wins this regular season and won the division in Game 163 against the Brewers’ rival the Chicago Cubs.
Counsell then led the Brewers to their third franchise championship series, coming just one game shy of the World Series.
He took over as manager in 2015 and has increased the team’s win total each year.
Snitker led the Braves to the postseason, where they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. The Dodgers then defeated the Brewers in seven games in the NLCS.
While Tuesday's news may sting for Brewers fans, on Thursday the MLB is expected to name Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich the National League's MVP.