Tag:Greg Walker
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:25 pm
 

Braves name Greg Walker hitting coach

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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Posted on: September 4, 2011 10:17 pm
 

Guillen says he wants to stay in Chicago

Ozzie GuillenBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Today's Ozzie Guillen update: the White Sox manager says he wants to stay in Chicago.

Before Sunday night's game, Guillen was asked about his "strength of conviction to return." His answer:

"Two-thousand percent," Guillen said (MLB.com). "That's the talk about dinner, lunch, sleep, everything. This is the talk with my family. And we never change one bit. All my time, my desire, everything has been Chicago.

"See this White Sox logo? I'm part of that. I wish I could be in the Hall of Fame one time, so I could wear this freaking uniform. That's how much I love this organization."

Guillen said he's not sure what he would do if he was asked to change his coaching staff.

On Saturday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported general manager Kenny Williams had an argument with hitting coach Greg Walker. Earlier in the week the newspaper reported that Guillen and Williams' relationship was "beyond repair" and then Guillen said he wouldn't manage next season without an extension. Guillen is under contract for 2012.

Without meaningful games to be played to take the attention away from Guillen's future (the White Sox are fading fast in the American League Central), and that question may not be answered quickly. The big question is if Guillen will go -- or the White Sox will let him go -- to the Marlins, who open a new ballpark in 2012 and their current manager, Jack McKeon, reportedly will not return next season.

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