In this June 13, 2014, file photo, former Milwaukee Brewers' Craig Counsell acknowledges the crowd before a baseball game between the Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds in Milwaukee. Counsell’s penchant for preparation and organizational know-how made the baseball lifer the perfect fit to take over as Milwaukee’s manager for Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. He is the latest addition to a recent crop of big league skippers who are proving that prior managerial experience isn’t necessarily required. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Craig Counsell played 15 years in the majors, scouted and has worked with minor league players and coaches. But he never coached or managed in the minors or majors before taking over as Milwaukee’s manager for Brewers general manager Doug Melvin.

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