As a Florida teen, Larry Parrish revered Hank Aaron, Rico Carty and other Braves after the team moved to Atlanta in 1966. Now, he’ll work with the team’s next potential superstar, Jason Heyward, and the rest of the Braves after being hired as Atlanta’s new hitting coach.
Parrish, a former Texas and Montreal slugger, was hired Friday to round out new Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez’s coaching staff for the 2011 season.
Parrish, 56, replaces Terry Pendleton, who was reassigned to first-base coach and infield instructor after Gonzalez was named to succeed retired Braves manager Bobby Cox.
“Larry has a great reputation in the game,” said Gonzalez, who has known Parrish since managing against him in the International League, where Parrish managed the Detroit Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate since 2003. “His background speaks for itself. This is good staff of hard-working baseball people.”
Parrish joins a staff that includes three other holdovers from manager Cox’s staff –