Brewers coaches to return in ’12

Barring a move by hitting coach Dale Sveum, who remains a candidate for the Cubs’ and Red Sox’s managerial vacancies, the Brewers’ coaching staff will return intact for 2012, general manager Doug Melvin said Tuesday.

Melvin said he asked all of the coaches back during the final week of September, when the Brewers were still putting the finishing touches on a franchise-record 96-win regular season. They have been under 2012 contracts since Nov. 1.

He declined to say whether any of the coaches, besides Sveum, were already under contract beyond 2011. Sveum signed a two-year deal in October 2010, but most Major League coaches work on year-to-year contracts.

The rest of manager Ron Roenicke’s field staff includes bench coach Jerry Narron, pitching coach Rick Kranitz, bullpen coach Stan Kyles, third base coach Ed Sedar, first base coach Garth Iorg and outfield instructor/“eye in the sky” John Shelby.

(Update: Longtime Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel also serves season-to-season at the discretion of the GM and manager, and has been asked back for 2012.)

Sveum, twice passed over for managerial openings in Milwaukee, interviewed last week in Boston and on Monday in Chicago for those vacancies. He has ties to both organizations; Sveum was the Red Sox third base coach from 2004-05 under then-GM Theo Epstein, who last month took over as president of the Cubs.

Melvin said he called Epstein’s replacement in Boston, Ben Cherington, to offer a favorable review of Sveum.

Prince Fielder? We'll see. But third base coach Ed Sedar will be back in 2012. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

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