Cubs pull a shocker and hire Craig Counsell as manager
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Cubs pull a shocker and hire Craig Counsell as manager

by - Senior Editor -

The Chicago Cubs have hired former Brewers manager Craig Counsell as their next manager.

Reportedly, his salary is five years for $40 million, which is the largest managerial salary in major league history. He also interviewed with the New York Mets and Cleveland Guardians.

No other manager in baseball currently earns more than $4.5 million per season.

53-year-old Counsell has a career 707-625 record with a .531 winning percentage and led the Brewers to the playoff five times in nine seasons.

The Brewers won the NL Central division in 2018 and 2021.

Despite votes of confidence by the Cubs management about David Ross in recent mouths, the organization decided that they would go after the most highly-coveted free agent manager in baseball. This entire deal was done after Nov. 1.

Ross still had one year left on his contract, and he went 262-284 in four seasons with the Cubs. The Cubs reached the playoffs under his leadership in the COVID-shortened season in 2020.

Obviously, the baseball world, including Cubs fans, are pretty shocked by a new manager in the Northside.

Check out some of the reactions on Twitter on this ballsy managerial move:

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