QUISENBERRY DIES: Dan Quisenberry's dry, subtle wit charmed fans. His funky submarine delivery baffled batters.

From the time he first came up with Kansas City in 1979 through the Royals' World Series season of 1985, no other relief pitcher in the major leagues got more saves than Quisenberry, or more laughs.He worked tirelessly for civic and charitable events.

He kept a humble spirit. All through the glory years of American League pennants and World Series triumphs, he remained the skinny kid who wasn't good enough to be drafted, but yearned for a chance to pitch in the major leagues.

Quisenberry had known he had brain cancer since going to the doctor in December with terrible, persistent headaches.

After nine months of pain, as dawn was breaking over Kansas City on Wednesday, he died in his home at the age of 45. He is survived by wife, Janie, and teen-aged children Alysia and David.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

HOFFMAN STILL ON STAFF: Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Kevin Malone announced that Glenn Hoffman will return to the team next year as a member of the coaching staff, though not as the manager. Hoffman, 40, guided the Dodgers to a 47-41 record after replacing Bill Russell, who was fired along with general manager Fred Claire on June 21. Malone said he hoped to have a new manager and coaching staff in place by the end of October.

BREWERS COACHING CHANGES: Milwaukee Brewers general manager announced manager Phil Garner and two of his coaches, Jim Lefebvre and Bill Castro, will be back next season but other members of the coaching staff will be replaced after this year's dismal finish.