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Braves name Greg Walker hitting coach

Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:25 pm
Greg WalkerBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Former White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker will become the Braves' third hitting coach in the last three years, the team announced on Friday.

Former hitting coach Larry Parrish was fired after one year following the Braves' September collapse.

Walker is a Georgia native who spent the last 8 1/2 seasons as the Chicago hitting coach. He resigned after the 2011 season.

"I realized my shelf life, or whatever you want to call it, in Chicago was over," Walker said. "We had a good run there, but it became obvious there was time for a change. I felt like it was time to move on. When the Braves job came open, it was obviously one I would covet.

Scott Fletcher will serve as Walker's assistant, preparing advanced scouting reports before each series. He will replace an advance scout, doing all the work off of computer instead of an advance scout on the road.

"It's someone to help out daily on the field and do more advance work, so you can do more in-game and in-series adjustments because you have someone in the clubhouse who is familiar with the adjustments the other team is making as opposed to having your advance scout in the next season," Braves general manager Frank Wren said.

Fletcher has also known Jason Heyward since the Braves' outfielder was 12 years old, when Fletcher's son was on the same team as Heyward.

Walker said he's always used an assistant hitting coach, even if that person didn't have that same title.

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Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:01 pm

Braves name Greg Walker hitting coach

Good luck Braves. Greg Walker is the worst hitting coach out there. Look at the fine job he has done the last few seasons with the White Sox.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:36 pm

Braves name Greg Walker hitting coach

Last I checked Dusty Baker has been a manager for 18 years. It took him 9 to win the World Series. Fredi Gonzalez has only been a manager for 5 years, just about 75% less time then Baker. You are an idiot.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2011 12:14 am

Braves name Greg Walker hitting coach

Last I checked....Dusty Baker led his team to a WS...something Fredi has never done...and will never's just isn't in the cards...

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:37 pm

Braves name Greg Walker hitting coach

Bobby Cox is a tough act to follow...and an established manager and a coaching staff has an easier life- they already know how to work together, speak the same langauge, see things the same way...and most importantly, already have credibility (losers don't stay together long) with players.

It's a tough transition...Chipper Jones is at the end, and this was his (and Bobby Cox's) team for years. 

Fredi Gonzalez doesn't have much of that going in his favor. What he's got is a team with a solid front office and farm system, a loyal fan base, and a pretty fair MLB roster, that hasn't adequately filled all the holes yet. That's what they were hoping Gonzalez and staff would help accomplish.  Fredi panicked a bit...he put pressure on people not ready for that load yet- primarily Heyward and the young bullpen. Good managers take pressure OFF players and get results...coaches can't reach players if players don't buy into coaches.

It's a work in progress.

I'll say this- Fredi's not the worst manager...I'll trade Dusty Baker (and Dusty 's required rangeless, hitless utility infiielder turned SS) any day.

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:48 pm

Braves name Greg Walker hitting coach

As a Marlins fan, I can say this with facts to prove it - The Braves dont need a new hitting coach or even new players - What they need is a real manager and bench coach. Fredi The Bullpen Serial Killer Gonzalez is the most inept manager/coach in the history of sports that ever was and ever will be. There is no one coach/manager that can single handedly lose a game for your team like him, especially when it matters the most. this is no knock on the Braves new hitting coach, but if Braves fans really want to see their team improve again... they need to wish for their team to stink for a while until Fredi gets fired and they can get themselves a real manager... Fredi will get them no where but out of the playoffs in the final weeks of the season.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 9:03 pm

Braves name Greg Walker hitting coach

Really....How much can a hitting coach help a bunch of stubborn, unwilling to change their hitting approach players making the money they make?  They swing at balls well out of the strike zone while staring at obvious strikes.  Good luck Greg Walker.  With that lineup you will need it!

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:41 pm

Braves name Greg Walker hitting coach

Whoopity Doo!  The Braves FO interviewed (wait for it, wait for it, wait for it) one person for the hitting coach job.  It was Greg Walker.  That's not very encouraging.

Since: Jun 13, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:41 pm

Braves name Greg Walker hitting coach

Atlanta certainly did have terrible hitting closing the season....but I hope Greg Walker has the Braves hitting better than White Sox Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, Gordon Beckam, etc....Paul Konerko must have a really sore back, carrying the White Sox, he's the only one hitting there

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