Garner returning to A's as adviser

February 10, 2012, 2:37 am
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OAKLAND -- Phil Garner says he has agreed to stay on with the Athletics in a part-time special adviser role.Garner, who had contemplated retirement, will be with the team throughout spring training in Phoenix. His role will then be further determined.Garner managed the Brewers, Detroit and Houston. A's manager Bob Melvin coached in Milwaukee under Garner, who was first hired as an A's adviser in August. They also worked together with the Tigers.
The Tennessee native was 985-1054 overall as a big league manager during 15 seasons with Milwaukee (1992-99), Detroit (2000-02) and Houston (2004-07).
Garner, 63, said after last season that he would run any potential job offer by his wife, Carol, considering he already had committed twice to retiring.The A's were Garner's first major league club and he had the 10,000th hit in Oakland history against the Angels in 1975. Garner owns a 985-1,054 career managerial record over 15 seasons. The Associated Press contributed to this report

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