Yelich: 'Almost a crime' Counsell hasn't won Manager of the Year

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If Christian Yelich had a vote for National League Manager of the Year, he'd pick his own boss, Milwaukee Brewers skipper Craig Counsell.

"I don't think he gets enough credit," Yelich said, according to James Wagner of the New York Times. "I really don't. It's almost a crime that he hasn't won Manager of the Year the last few years. He's definitely deserved it and he's a huge reason for all of our success here."

The Brewers, one of the smallest market teams in MLB, hold a commanding 13 1/2-game lead over the second-place St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.

Since taking over as manager during the 2015 season, Counsell possesses a 523-468 record (.528). Milwaukee has been especially impressive over the past four campaigns, boasting 303 wins - sixth-best in MLB over that span, despite the team ranking 15th in wRC+.

San Francisco Giants skipper Gabe Kapler appears to be the front-runner to win his first Manager of the Year award. He's thus far led his team to an NL-best 95-50 record, and it clinched a playoff berth on Monday.

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