Major League Baseball’s new managers are coming out of the woodwork.
The Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, and Cleveland Cavaliers hired new managers as if they were promised on Sunday.
First up, the Cubs hired Craig Counsell, who led the Milwaukee Brewers for nine years, as their new manager.
“Crake Counsell will take over for David Ross,” the Cubs announced today. The Cubs went 83-79 this season, good for second place in the National League Central, and missed the postseason for the third straight year. The Cubs were in the wild-card race down the stretch, but fell short. That’s why they fired Ross.
Cubs president Jed Hoyer said in a press release, “Today we made the tough decision to let David Ross go. On behalf of the Cubs organization, I want to thank David for his service. As a player, as a manager, and as a leader, he has been a tremendous asset to the organization.”
MLB.com reports that “the Cubs have hired Counsell with the highest salary for a manager in major league history,” and that “Counsell will receive $40 million over five years, surpassing the best deal for a manager ever offered by Milwaukee a few weeks ago, which averaged $5 million per year. Milwaukee had offered Counsell a contract worth an average of $5 million per year shortly after the season ended, but he delayed his decision, meaning the Cubs landed him today.
Counsell was named Milwaukee’s manager in 2015 and had a career record of 707-625 (.531 winning percentage) in nine years prior to this year. Under Counsell’s leadership, the Brewers have reached the postseason five times, including three first-place finishes in the National League Central. However, the Brewers never reached the World Series during that time. This season, the Brewers went 92-70 and won the division before falling to the Arizona Diamondbacks in two games in the Wild Card Series, resulting in an early exit.
The reason Counsell’s price tag has skyrocketed so much is because there are other teams that have extended offers to him. In addition to the Cubs, the Mets and Cleveland were also in the running for the manager’s services.
With Counsell’s departure finalized, the Mets hired New York Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza as their new manager the same day. Mendoza spent the last four years as a bench coach, assisting manager Aaron Boone after serving as the Yankees’ minor league manager. 캡틴토토
Cleveland hired Seattle Mariners bullpen and quality control coach Stephen Vogt as its new manager. The contract is for three years, ESPN reported. The former catcher played 10 seasons in the majors from 2012-2022 and was an All-Star in 2015 and 2016 with the Oakland Athletics.
It is customary for Major League Baseball to not disclose managerial contracts. MLB.com’s report appears to be an estimate, citing sources.
The highest-paid manager before Counsell was Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. Roberts signed a three-year extension in March of last year, and according to a report at the time by Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Roberts’ salary is $6.5 million, keeping him at the helm of the Dodgers through 2025.