– Former major league infielder Craig Counsell was introduced as the new manager of the Brewers on Monday, a day after the team fired Ron Roenicke.

"I feel like this is what I was meant to do," Counsell said. "I think I'll be better at this than I was at playing."

Counsell, a 44-year-old Milwaukee native, spent the final five seasons of his 16-year career with the Brewers, retiring after the 2011 season. He won two championships, with the Marlins in 1997 and the Diamondbacks in 2001.

Counsell has no previous managing or coaching experience. He was given a contract through the 2017 season.

Milwaukee started 20-7 last year but was 38-65 since last July 1, leading to Roenicke's dismissal following four-plus seasons.

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