MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Brewers hired Dale Sveum as hitting coach today, bringing back the interim manager who led Milwaukee to its first playoff berth in 26 years.
Sveum had been a managerial candidate, but general manager Doug Melvin picked former Oakland Athletics skipper Ken Macha last week, citing a need for experience.
Sveum took over as manager this year after the club fired Ned Yost with 12 games to go.
Sveum finished with a 7-5 record, winning six of the final seven games to help Milwaukee win the NL wild card on the final day of the regular season.
The 44-year-old Sveum takes over his newest role as hitting coach from Jim Skaalen, who was not offered a new contract.
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