Brewers’ Counsell named finalist for NL Manager of the Year

Craig Counsell has been named a finalist for the National League Manager of the Year award, Major League Baseball announced Monday.

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The Milwaukee Brewers skipper guided the team to 20 wins in September and an improbable run to the wild-card game — and that was predominantly with the reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich out due to a broken kneecap.

In Counsell’s fifth season as manager in Milwaukee, the Brewers finished 89-73. Milwaukee has now made the postseason two straight years for the first time since 1981-82.

The other two finalists for the award are Brian Snitker of the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis manager Mike Shildt. Last season, Counsell was named a finalist for the honor but came in second to Snitker.

The league will announce the winner Nov. 12.