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
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.