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Friday, November 04, 2005

Brewers to Name Yount as Bench Coach

From Tom Haudricourt at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

On Oct. 21, 1982, the day after the Milwaukee Brewers lost the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals, Robin Yount made a memorable entrance into County Stadium on a motorcycle, thrilling thousands who had gathered to honor the pennant-winning club.

Yount isn't likely to repeat that daring dash this morning at Miller Park, but his return to the baseball club is no less dramatic.

After several months of prodding, manager Ned Yost finally succeeded in talking Yount into joining his coaching staff. The first Brewers player inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame, Yount is to be introduced at an 11:30 a.m. news conference at home plate as the club's bench coach.

Reached Thursday night via telephone, Yount said it wasn't his place to confirm the hiring.
"If the club hasn't said anything yet, I shouldn't say anything," Yount said. "We'll leave it at that. I've got to let the club do their thing."

Almost since the day Yount retired as a player in February 1994, the Brewers have tried to get him to return in some capacity. A father of four, Yount usually cited family priorities in Phoenix for turning down those overtures.

But Yount, 50, and wife Michele are to become empty-nesters in the spring, when their youngest child, Jenna, graduates from high school. That situation no doubt helped Yost in his continued attempts to get Yount back to Milwaukee.

Yount's son, Dustin, plays in Baltimore's farm system and is a friend of Brewers shortstop J.J. Hardy's. And Yount remains close to longtime Brewers radio voice Bob Uecker, who spends part of his winters in the Phoenix area.


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