Jim Presley is a finalist to become the next hitting coach of the Braves, who are expected to interview one or two more candidates before making a decision.
New Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez had Presley as his hitting coach for 3-1/2 seasons with the Florida Marlins, who fired those two and bench coach Carlos Tosca on June 23.
Tosca will rejoin Gonzalez in Atlanta as bench coach, joining four holdover coaches from former manager Bobby Cox’s staff: pitching coach Roger McDowell, third-base coach Brian Snitker, bullpen coach Eddie Perez, and Terry Pendleton.
Pendleton was switched from hitting coach to first-base coach in place of Glenn Hubbard, who was dropped from the Braves staff along with bench coach Chino Cadahia.
Presley, 49, played eight seasons in the majors including 1990 with Atlanta, when he started 133 games at third base. Coincidentally, Pendleton took over at third base in 1991, the year Pendleton won the National League MVP award and helped lead the Braves from worst to first in their division.
Presley played for Seattle during his first six seasons and was an All-Star third baseman in 1986, when he hit .265 with 27 homers and 107 RBIs.