Tag:Larry Parrish
Posted on: September 30, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2011 4:33 pm

Hitting coach Parrish takes fall for Braves

By Matt Snyder

More staff changes
We just witnessed two pretty historic collapses over the course of the past month or so. The Red Sox and Braves both blew huge leads in the respective wild-card races and missed out on the playoffs. In Boston's case, Terry Francona is out as manager. The Braves have retained manager Fredi Gonzalez, but made one staff change: Hitting coach Larry Parrish has been fired (Danny Knobler via Twitter).

"When you have the last month we did, you know things are possible," Parrish said (Knobler).

During that month, the Braves hit just .235 with a .300 OBP and scored only 87 runs in 27 games. Worst of all, they had no punch, with a .357 slugging percentage and only 22 homers. The season as a whole doesn't look great, either. They ranked 11th in the NL in runs scored, 13th in batting average, 14th in OBP and 10th in slugging.

The interesting thing here is that Gonzalez previously said the entire coaching staff would be back. Then again, maybe this wasn't his call and he wasn't aware a change was going to be made.

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Posted on: October 29, 2010 3:36 pm

Two hitting coach positions filled

The Atlanta Braves have hired Larry Parrish as hitting coach, replacing Terry Pendleton who has switched to first base coach.

Parrish is a former Ranger, Expo and Red Sox who knocked 256 homers in 15 seasons. He managed the Tigers midway through 1998 through 1999 and has never served as hitting coach, something GM Frank Wren said was not an issue according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution .

“The thing that stood out, over the course of the last month, I’ve had a lot of people tell me if you look for a hitting coach you need to talk to Larry Parrish,”  Wren said. “He’s not doing that job, but he’s really impressive from a standpoint of his knowledge of hitting, his passion for hitting. And in talking to him that came through clearly.”

Parrish won the job over Jim Presley, who was Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez' hitting coach in Florida. Presley seems headed to the Orioles to join Buck Showalter's staff. The Baltimore Sun notes that while nothing is official, that should be changing soon.

Presley will replace Baltimore's own longtime hitting coach Terry Crowley, who chose to take another job in the organization.

-- Evan Brunell

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