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Craig John Counsell

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Infielder Craig Counsell is the son of former minor league outfielder John Counsell.

His .990 fielding percentage as a second baseman ranked first in the National League in 2005. In 2011, playing for the Milwaukee Brewers, he went through an 0 for 45 slump in July and early August. At the time, it was considered to be one at-bat shy of Bill Bergen's MLB record for failure set with the Brooklyn Superbas in 1909. However, Counsell's streak brought new attention to Bergen's, and on August 12th, SABR researcher Joe Dittmar announced that Bergen's streak had in fact been of 44 at-bats, meaning Counsell had tied the all-time record for futility. He didn't keep that dubious honor for long though, as the Los Angeles Dodgers' Eugenio Velez had a hitless season which extended his fruitless streak of at-bats to 46 over two years, although Counsell still held the single-season record. He decided to retire ater the season, playing his last game in the 2011 NLCS.

He has a degree in accounting from the University of Notre Dame.

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