Geoff Jenkins signed a one-day contract with the Brewers and then formally retired on Friday, but is interested in remaining in baseball, either as a coach or in some front office capacity. Perhaps the Brewers will find an opening.
“I said I would get back to him at the end of the year,” general manager Doug Melvin said. “He’s living in Arizona and we have Spring Training in Arizona, so I’m sure that we’ll be able to put something together.”
Jenkins has said he want to remain in baseball in some capacity, and called Friday’s ceremony less about retirement and more about “re-careering.” He has been spending time on the golf course with Arizona pals Jermaine Dye, Eric Gagne and Mark Mulder, but said he misses the daily grind of the baseball season.
“I’d like to get back in the game because that’s what I know,” he said. “That’s what I’ve been a part of for so long. In some form, I’d like to be in baseball, whether that starts in Spring Training or whatever. I’d like for that, obviously, to be with the Brewers.”
But Friday’s ceremony at Miller Park was not the time or place to negotiate.
“Today was not for me to lobby for a position with the team,” Jenkins said. “Today is all about enjoying this day.”
Melvin said he was “honored” to let Jenkins retire as a Brewer and praised his all-out defensive effort in left field and then in right, after the Brewers asked Jenkins to change positions in the wake of the December 2004 acquisition of Carlos Lee.
“Geoff stayed here through the difficult times, and it’s a real credit to him,” Melvin said. “He did everything you asked him to do. … I admired the way he played defense and I don’t think that should go unnoticed.”
Here are some photos of the day, featuring Jenkins, his wife, Jennifer, and Melvin, courtesy of Brewers team photographer Scott Paulus.
Perhaps they are discussing the fact that Jenkins was 3-for-10 with two doubles, two RBIs and three strikeouts in his career against Trevor Hoffman.