When an #8 BEIL makes the news, and no matter how mundane the news may be, we let our audience know about it. As true BT enthusiasts know, #8s most often prefer staying out of the limelight. When they do find the limelight, however, it most often is in the realm of sports, though their numbers have dwindled considerably even from this arena over the last 50 years.
At any rate, #8 BEIL Craig Counsell left the managerial position with the Milwaukee Brewers in November to join the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs, for their part, shocked the baseball world by firing manager David Ross by replacing him with Counsell. Craig had been a longtime Brewer, spending the last 17 years with the organization as a player, executive and manager. Yes, when an #8 finds a comfortable place for themselves, they’re not quick to leave, which made the departure further shocking for Milwaukee. “It kind of came out of nowhere,” Brewers ace Corbin Burnes told MLB.com. “I think my reaction is the same as everyone in the organization and the fan base: We’re just shocked initially.”
Of course, a $40 million contract can tempt any Brain Type to leave their position of comfort, and that may or may not have been the case for Counsell. As a player, Craig was an infielder who played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball for five teams. He won a World Series with the Florida Marlins in 1997 and again in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and was known for his unique batting stance (held the bat high in the air). One other interesting quirk about the dominant Empirical Counsell is that he didn’t wear batting gloves for the majority of his career. He preferred bare-handed, simply because, in his own words, “For me, it’s more comfortable.” And again, “I’m surprised more guys don’t do it; a lot of people are looking for a better feel, and I think it does give you that feel. But I think batting gloves have become such a part of the uniform that [most] guys just never do it anymore.”
Yes, once again, #8s want what’s comfortable!
Other #8 BEILs in baseball history have included Orel Hershiser and Dick Schofield.
Written by: Staff
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