Cubs Hire Craig Counsell As New Manager

Photo: Instagram/Craig Counsell

In a surprising turn of events, the Chicago Cubs have announced the appointment of Craig Counsell as their new manager.

The decision comes after the Cubs parted ways with David Ross following a late-season slump that prevented them from making the postseason. Jed Hoyer, the president of baseball operations for the Cubs, expressed his gratitude to David Ross for his contributions as both a player and a manager.

Ross had led the Cubs to an NL Central title in 2020 but couldn't secure a playoff spot in the 2023 season. Counsell, who was previously managing the Milwaukee Brewers, has signed a record-breaking five-year contract with the Cubs worth $40 million, making him the highest-paid manager in MLB history.

Photo: Instagram/Craig Counsell

The Brewers had also made an offer to retain Counsell but couldn't match the Cubs' offer. Counsell's arrival has sent shockwaves through the baseball world, as he had been in discussions with other teams, including the Mets and Guardians, about their managerial vacancies.

In his nine seasons with the Brewers, Counsell achieved three division titles and five playoff appearances. The Cubs will officially introduce Craig Counsell in a press conference at Wrigley Field early next week.

This unexpected move marks a significant change in the Cubs' leadership and has left many in the baseball community and fan base surprised and intrigued by what the future holds for the team.

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Source: MLB

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