MLB News: Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer, right, introduces new manager Craig Counsell during a news conference in Chicago, Monday, Nov. 13, 2023. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) Taking Cubs to ‘Next Level’ Helped Sway Counsell – Declaring a new challenge is “where he had to push himself,” new manager Craig Counsell donned a Chicago Cubs uniform at Wrigley Field for the first time Monday after spending the past nine seasons with the rival   Milwaukee Brewers. Counsell, 53, said he had been contemplating a change for the past couple of years but didn’t know he would end up in Chicago until signing a five-year, $40 million contract last week to replace David Ross, who was fired. “It’s been an emotional week,” Counsell said. “Much harder than I imagined. Just the speed in which this happened and 17 years [including as a player] of relationships. That hits you hard. “The Brewers have meant a lot to me. I have great relationships there. The relationships I have there are the relationships I’m going to try with all of me to build in Chicago. They’re what’s important in this game.” Read more at:  https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/38890628/craig-counsell-said-pass-chance-manage-cubs  (Jesse Rogers/ESPN)

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