Counsell to win "High Energy" award

craig-counsell-ronny-cedeno-2009-8-30-15-10-27.jpgThe Brewers will honor infielder Craig Counsell tonight as the “We Energies High Energy Player of the Year,” an award settled by fan- and media balloting that recognizes to the player that best personifies the characteristics of hard work and an aggressive approach to playing the game.

Counsell is hitting .179 in September but has had a solid season, batting .279, his highest mark since hitting .282 in 2002, and slugging .407, his highest since 2000. Counsell leads the Brewers with a career-high eight triples and has seen time at third base, second base and shortstop.

Here’s a news release from the Brewers that just came through:

All the ballots have been counted and the Brewers and We Energies will announce the winner of the 2009 “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year” in a pregame ceremony prior to tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Brewers and We Energies also announced that Joshua Schroeder of Milwaukee was chosen as the “Grand Slam Winner” in the contest.  Schroeder voted for the award online at brewers.com and had his name selected in a drawing.  Schroeder will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to tonight’s game followed by watching the game from Diamond Box seats at Miller Park.  In addition, he will have the opportunity to have lunch with the 2009 award winner.

Fifty-six (56) lucky fans who voted online also won four (4) Loge Outfield tickets for a Brewers home game this season. 

I had a vote and struggled to choose between Counsell and Prince Fielder, who plays the game as hard as anybody.  In the end I picked Counsell because Fielder is sure to win club MVP honors.

Counsell is a free agent at year’s end. He turned 39 last month, but it comes as no surprise that he intends to play somewhere next season.

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