Yount chooses not to return as Brewers bench coach

Updated: November 10, 2006, 6:15 PM ET
Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- Robin Yount will not return as bench coach for the Milwaukee Brewers.

He had been reluctant to return to the organization while raising his family in Scottsdale, Ariz. But Yount's youngest child, Jenna, finished high school in May, and his friendship with manager Ned Yost and third-base coach Dale Sveum swayed him to return for the 2006 season.

"This was a very difficult decision for me," Yount said in a statement Friday. "I have such a passion for the job and I did not want to shortchange the club by not being able to fully commit to the position."

Yount said he wanted to devote more time to his family. General manager Doug Melvin hasn't decided on a replacement.

A fan favorite, Yount set nearly every offensive record in Brewers history in a 20-year career that ended in 1993 and he became the first player from the franchise elected to the Hall of Fame. He was the first-base and bench coach in Arizona in 2004.

Yount made his major league debut as an 18-year-old shortstop in 1974 and was the AL MVP in 1982 and 1989. In 1982, Yount led the Brewers to the AL pennant before a seven-game loss in the World Series to St. Louis.

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