Counsell retired in January 2012, ending a major league career that spanned 1995-2011. He spent most of his career playing at second base, shortstop, and third base. He hit .255/.342/.344 with 42 home runs, 390 RBI, and 103 stolen bases in 5,488 plate appearances. After retiring, Counsell served as a special assistant to GM Doug Melvin.
The 7-18 Brewers have the worst record in baseball and are currently 11.5 games behind the first-place Cardinals.