Four members of the Braves coaching staff were retained including pitching coach Roger McDowell and Terry Pendleton, who was switched from hitting coach to first-base coach/ infield instructor in place of Glenn Hubbard.
Also back are third-base coach Brian Snitker and bullpen coach Eddie Perez.
Hubbard and bench coach Chino Cadahia were dropped and not offered other positions in the organization.
New manager Fredi Gonzalez brought former Toronto manager Carlos Tosca from Gonzalez’s Florida Marlins staff to serve as bench coach, and the Braves will hire a new hitting coach to replace Pendleton, who spent nine seasons in that role.
General manager Frank Wren indicated the Braves have discussed several hitting-coach candidates and could hire one during their organizational meetings that start next week.
“For me, the hardest thing was the first day when we got to talking about the coaching staff, because I have relationship with those guys and I respect them all,” said Gonzalez, who served as Braves third-base coach from 2003-2006.
“I knew those would be some of the toughest decisions that had to be made. I’m glad that all those guys [who were invited back] said yes.”
Hubbard, 53, served 12 seasons as first-base coach after a playing career that included 10 seasons with the Braves through 1987. He was an All-Star second baseman in 1983.
Cadahia, 52, spent three seasons on the Braves’ major league staff and 11 years in their minor league system.
“It’s just a matter of a new manager having the ability to bring some of his own coaches, which is important,” Wren said of the changes. “It was important for him to have one especially like Carlos Tosca, who he’s worked with in the past and is close to. Even though Fredi is close to the guys on our coaching staff.
“It’s not a reflection on the guys [dropped from the staff]. It’s just important for a new guy coming in to have some of his own staff.”
On Pendleton’s job switch, Wren said, “I just think it was probably time for a new voice [with the hitters]. And talking to Terry this morning, he really has good ideas and a lot of thoughts about the game…. Terry’s really excited about having more influence within the game, whether it’s infield play or baserunning, all the things that are responsibilities that Fredi’s going to give him.”