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Braves hire Greg Walker as new hitting coach

Oct 21, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

Greg Walker, Jerry Reinsdorf AP

Greg Walker stepped down as the White Sox’s hitting coach immediately after the season and it didn’t take him long to find a new gig, with Bob Nightengale of USA Today reporting that Walker has agreed to become the Braves’ new hitting coach.

Walker also interviewed for the Padres’ job, but given how frequently San Diego has cycled through hitting coaches since moving into Petco Park he’s probably better off in Atlanta.

Walker generally has a solid reputation among players and media members, but the White Sox finished 10th or worse among AL teams in scoring three times in the past five seasons. Atlanta fired hitting coach Larry Parrish last month after finishing 10th among NL teams in scoring this season.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Oct 21, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    On the display Aaron and Drew transmitted and showed him the results. Flanked by their head-shots in the top corners the numbers on the screen were irrefutable.

    “10th among NL teams in scoring? That’s below average! No wonder they have trouble putting up runs on the board! It’s time to intervene.”, Craig exclaimed. Drew and Aaron looked on curiously as Craig pressed more buttons on his chair. Two new heads winked onto the screen on the bottom corners, Larry Parrish was the first to react.

    “Hello? Oh hey I know you, you’re Craig Calcaterra from Hardball- GAASP.”

    Craig had made a fist as he had put aside his bubble pipe and Parrish was having trouble breathing. “You’ve failed me for the last time Larry.” He then turned to the other image.

    “Greg, welcome aboard the Braves organization”

    “Err.. thanks I guess.”

    “The team needs to change their approach with this relentless hacking. More patience and working the counts is the order of the day. You’re the hitting coach now Mr. Walker!”. Craig pointed at Greg in emphasis with his bubble pipe. In the other image Parrish had made a struggling motion and then fell down completely as his image winked out.

    Craig adjusted his robe and cut the transmission to Greg Walker. “Gentlemen, a change was required and has been implemented.” he adjusted his Braves bathrobe and puffed a few bubbles in satisfaction.

    “Wait. How did he do that?” Aaron whispered to Drew. “I have no idea. I always thought it was Star Wars geek thing…”

  2. Old Gator - Oct 21, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Is there such a thing as a manager coach? Fat Freddi could use one.

    • birdman6824 - Oct 21, 2011 at 9:41 PM

      OG, did you see this mini-headline on CNN.com ?

      Chihuahua walks on two paws

  3. foreverchipper10 - Oct 21, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    This makes sense. Look what he did for Adam Dunn.

  4. Gordon - Oct 21, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Have fun with that Braves fans. Get ready for a bunch of guys hitting .200

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