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Front office, coaching job for Jenkins?

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. 
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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.
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Jenkins to retire as a Brewer

The Brewers just sent the following announcement:
Former Brewers Outfielder Geoff Jenkins will formally announce his retirement from baseball in a press conference on Friday, July 9 at Miller Park. The press conference is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and Jenkins will throw out the first pitch prior to that night’s game vs. Pittsburgh.
“Geoff indicated a desire to retire as a Brewer, and we were honored to accommodate the request,” said Brewers Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin.  “He was drafted by the Brewers, made his Major League debut here and established many team marks on the field. As far as we’re concerned, Geoff will always be a part of the organization and we look forward to welcoming him home.”
 
Jenkins played 11 Major League seasons, 10 of which came as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. He played his final season, 2008, with Philadelphia.  He made his Major League debut with the Brewers on April 28, 1998 and was named a National League All-Star in 2003.
“The Milwaukee fans and organization welcomed me into their homes and it was an honor to put on the Brewer uniform for a decade, Jenkins said. “I look forward to coming back on July 9th to formally retire as a Milwaukee Brewer and hope to be a part of the organization for years to come”
Jenkins ranks among the Brewers all-time leaders in nearly every offensive statistical category, including  home runs (2nd, 212), slugging percentage (2nd, .496), RBI (4th, 704), total bases (4th, 2188), extra base hits (4th, 521), doubles (4th, 287), at-bats (5th, 4407), runs (5th, 661), hits (5th, 1221), games (6th, 1234), on base percentage (6th, .347), batting average (T7th, .277) and triples (8th, 22).
A native of Olympia, Wash., Jenkins attended the University of Southern California where he played baseball.  He was drafted in the first round (ninth overall) of the 1995 First-Year Player Draft by the Brewers.  
Following the press conference, Geoff will toss the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Brewers game against the Pirates. 
Geoff’s wife, Jennifer, will join him at the July 9 press conference and game.  
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Jenkins not quite ready to say 'retirement'

Even after putting feelers out to all 30 teams earlier this year and getting  nothing more than Minor League offers, former Brewers All-Star and Phillies World Series champ Geoff Jenkins still is not ready to utter the word retirement. 
He’s also being realistic. 
“I’m not saying it, but the writing’s on the wall,” he said Saturday, when the Phoenix-area resident visited with his old Brewers teammates before a game against the D-backs. 
Jenkins won a World Series ring with the Phillies in 2008 but was released by the team at the end of Spring Training in ’09. He sat out the season, then worked out all spring in hope of landing a job for 2010. No attractive offers ever came, so he’s moved on to focusing on family — Jenkins and his wife, Jennifer, have two young children — and his golf game. 
How’s this for a foursome: Jenkins said he golfs regularly with former White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye, who is still looking for a job after an 81 RBI campaign in 2009, former Dodgers and Brewers reliever Eric Gagne, who tried a comeback with the Dodgers this spring before calling it quits, and former A’s and Cardinals left-hander Mark Mulder, whose rumored comeback with the Brewers never materialized earlier this year. 
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