The Milwaukee Brewers announced Tuesday that free agent Robin Yount, the American League Most Valuable Player for 1989, has agreed to a new three-year contract for the 1990-1992 seasons. Terms were not disclosed.
Yount, 34, reached agreement after extended negotiations between Brewer President Allan "Bud" Selig and Larry Yount, Yount's brother and agent, the team said."I'm delighted to sign with a team I've played for throughout my entire career," Yount said. "And, I'm especially grateful for all the Milwaukee and Wisconsin fan suport for the past two months, as well as, during my 16 years in Milwaukee.
"I'm looking forward to being with the Brewers for the next three years in our effort to win a world championship," Yount said.
Yount, who began his career with the Brewers as an 18-year-old shortstop in 1974, filed for free agency Nov. 10 and reportedly was courted strongly by the California Angels.
Yount is only the third player in major league history to be recognized as the league's MVP at two different positions. He won as a center fielder for 1989 and in 1982 was MVP while playing shortstop.
Hall of Famers Stan Musial of St. Louis and Hank Greenberg of Detroit also won the honor at multiple positions.
Yount is a three-time All-Star and three-time Brewers MVP who has led the club in hitting four of his 16 seasons. He is coming off his second-best season hitting a club-leading .318 with 103 runs batted in and 21 home runs.
He contributed a career-high .331 with a league-leading 210 hits in the Brewers' pennant season of 1982.
His second American League MVP recognition this year made him the first player since New York Yankee Roger Maris in 1960 and 1961 to win the award twice.
Yount's other accomplishments in this year's 81-81 Brewers' season included his 2,550th hit, making him the fifth youngest player in major league history to reach that milestone; a career-best 19-game hitting streak; and AL Player of the Month for July after batting .396 with five home runs and 24 RBI in 26 games.
One of the more durable players in the game, Yount had a club-record 276 consecutive game streak broken on June 14 due to a knee injury.
"Robin has been a very important member of this team for many years and we are extremely happy that he will continue his outstanding career with us," Selig said. "He shares our desire to win a World Series for Brewers fans everywhere."