Despite a second consecutive year where his team offered a resume befitting of the best manager in baseball, Craig Counsell has again been denied the highest individual award for a manager in the sport.
The Cardinals' Mike Schildt has instead been selected as 2019 National League Manager of the Year. Counsell was seven voting points behind Schildt in the race, despite having more first place votes.
No Brewers manager has won the award since it was instituted in 1983.
Counsell led the Brewers to an 89-73 record and the second NL Wild Card berth. They did it with a stretch of 18 wins in 20 games during September, including 14 of those wins with defending NL MVP Christian Yelich out due to a kneecap fracture.
Analytic studies showed that the team's record was eight games better than expected based on the team's run production. Milwaukee also went 27-18 in one-run games in 2019. Both are a result of, among other things, Counsell's game management and personnel decision skill.