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Brewers ink Craig Counsell to a three-year contract extension

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The Milwaukee Brewers announced that they and manager Craig Counsell have agreed to a three-year contract extension. The deal will keep him under contract to the Brew Crew through the 2023 season. Counsell was entering the final year of his previous deal.

Counsell took over the club in May of the 2015 season. Since then the Brewers have gone 405-281 with one division title and one Wild Card appearance. They reached the seventh game of the NLCS in 2018.

If Counsell completes the new contract, he will have completed 8+ seasons at the helm of the Brewers, which would make him the longest-serving manager in club history. The current record holder is Phil Garner, who managed seven seasons and part of an eighth in the 1990s. Garner is also the all-time leader in managerial wins for the Brewers, but Counsell already in fourth place, trailing by only 158 wins.

Nationals’ major leaguers to continue offering financial assistance to minor leaguers

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On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.

After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.

Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.

The full statement:

Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.

We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.

We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.

Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.