Brewers to retain Sveum as hitting coach

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Brewers to retain Sveum as hitting coach
Dale Sveum, who became the Milwaukee Brewers' interim manager when Ned Yost was fired with 12 games left in the regular season, has been named the team's hitting coach.

"This is something I've always wanted to do," Sveum said Saturday, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "This has been a passion of mine, and I'm glad Ken is giving me the opportunity to do it."

Sveum, 44, led the Brewers to a 7-5 record down the stretch as they clinched the National League wild-card berth for the team's first postseason appearance since 1982. They were ousted in the NLDS by the Philadelphia Phillies, 3-1.

According the the Journal Sentinel, Sveum talked new manager Ken Macha into giving him the job after Jim Skaalen was let go.

As the Brewers' third-base coach in 2006 and bench coach in '07, Sveum is familiar with the supporting role.

"I'm not going to try so much to change them as I'll try to help them be more consistent," Sveum said, according to the newspaper. "We have to stay away from months like we had in September."

The Brewers went 3-11 to start the final month of the season amid a team-wide hitting slump, nearly missing the playoffs and prompting the firing of Yost.

"We have a lot of peaks-and-valleys guys," Sveum said. "A lot of these guys have not that many at-bats in the major leagues. A lot of [improving as a hitter] comes with experience and maturity. It'll be my job to help them get there as soon as possible."

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