Presley’s a candidate for Braves hitting coach job

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.

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Obee

October 26th, 2010
6:11 pm

cool, Elvis’s brother.

Dale_in_nc

October 26th, 2010
6:12 pm

Great. I was afraid of this. Instead of hiring the best coach, he’s going to bring in everyone who was fired with him in Fla.

turnin2

October 26th, 2010
6:20 pm

Why? oh yeah, because he’s Fredi’s buddy…. can’t go with the best choice of course (or else we’d have dropped TP permanently). The baseball version of the Good Ol’ Boys Club – who cares if they are the most qualified, they are buds!

Birdman

October 26th, 2010
6:21 pm

I remember Pressley from 1990. I had season tickets to the worst team in the league at the worst stadium. About 5k showed up to each game, so if you yelled at a player he would hear you. Pressley struck out looking on 3 pitches, and I yelled from about row 5 as he walked back to the dugout, “if you swing the bat you might get lucky and hit it”. He stopped in his tracks and stared at me for what seemed an eternity but was probably a few secs. I hope that message stuck with him if he is to be our hitting coach.

chris

October 26th, 2010
6:22 pm

Dale_in_nc- right now, not too many good hitting coaches want to be the hitting coach for the braves. the lineup was pretty weak the last couple of seasons. coaches dont want their jobs in jeopardy.

Chop Chop

October 26th, 2010
6:24 pm

Jim Presley, he of the career .247/.290/.420.

As they say, those who can’t do (all that well), teach. Let’s hope Presley lives up to that.

Birdman

October 26th, 2010
6:25 pm

DOB, any idea about what targets we might have for outfielders? Right now you could hire McGwire and Bonds as co-hitting coaches and it would take about a ton of cream and clear to get this team to hit. Someone mentioned the Rays werent thrilled with Upton in the middle of last year. Any chance he is available to patrol center plus another professional hitter we can target for left? Upton had a bad year but is talented.

Obee

October 26th, 2010
6:26 pm

Lighten up, guys. The clubhouse music should be very good.

billy

October 26th, 2010
6:33 pm

Enter your comments here

Tami

October 26th, 2010
6:35 pm

I’m with Chop Chop. A little soon to pass judgment, but I’m not exactly thrilled. I wanted Baylor for hitting coach, actually. But then again, I’m not Fredi Gonzalez.

foultip

October 26th, 2010
6:44 pm

I say we skip hiring a hitting coach and use the money on an outfielder.
Instead of the hitting coach, just buy some DVD instructional hitting tapes.

Baylor4Help

October 26th, 2010
6:51 pm

The choice is obvious. Get the Big Bopper Baylor back into a Braves uniform!!!
We need him Fredi.
Thank you

Birdman

October 26th, 2010
6:55 pm

foultip, very good idea. Also dont forget we have Chipper on the bench collecting about 13mil. Lets get our money out of that and have him be a player-hitting coach. I am sure he knows how to turn on a DVD player as well. if he hits .250 but somehow gets Heyward hitting like a young Chipper it will be a good investment.

Desibrave

October 26th, 2010
6:55 pm

I have no problem with anyone as hitting coach.. Anyone for that matter should be better than Terry Pendelton.

Just check this out guys.. Chipper’s dad , Mccann’s dad helped them better than Pendelton. What does that tell us? Those guys who are not even good enough to be hitting coaches were better than Pendelton and whereas the Preisley guy has 3 1/2 years of coaching experience with marlins.

Lets go for it.. done deal

Bryan G.

October 26th, 2010
6:56 pm

What…was Odibe McDowell not available? How about Alexis Infante? Nick Esasky?

Eric In Albany N.Y.

October 26th, 2010
6:56 pm

I honestly dont care who the hitting coach is as long as its someone other than TP i think its fair to give gonzalez the chance to have the say in some of his coaching staff. i think the braves know you have to let a manager put his own finger print on the team. i honestly dont know how this presley guy has really done in his career and what he may be able to do. however i think if freddie is going to do a good job as skipper i believe he needs the ability to take control an hire his own coaches.

im not so sure what i think about freddie and his crew being fired. from what i could tell everyone around baseball seemed to know that freddie was going to try to come to atlanta. i think the marlins knew this too. i think the marlins knew they were likely going to lose some of these guys and they used a bad streach of the season to fire freddie in order to move on forward mid season rather than try to hire someone right now. i wouldnt put any stock in these guys being fired.

Billionaire Ted

October 26th, 2010
6:57 pm

The Billionaire had Jim on my payroll in 1990 and telling you Fredi not a great decision. Go get Jack Clark.

Tallahassee Fan

October 26th, 2010
6:58 pm

I agree, Baylor is the best choice. Presley had too big a swing as a player–every at bat was either a home run or a strikeout.

Presley's Kinsman

October 26th, 2010
7:04 pm

Give Jim a chance, a’ight? Don’t be Cruel. Keep them premature opinions Way Down. Wise men say only fools rush in. I Just Can’t Help Believing Jim’ll get Atlanta to The Promised Land. It’s Now or Never In the Ghetto. Could do with a Little Less Conversation from all these Suspicious Minds.

Reid in EAV

October 26th, 2010
7:09 pm

Andres Thomas? No?

kudzu

October 26th, 2010
7:15 pm

Baylor’s out…he’s going to the Diamondbacks…

Jim

October 26th, 2010
7:19 pm

Honestly, when was the last time that a hitting coach, a third base coach, or a first base coach got anyone to the playoffs or further? It is a job that the teams feel they need but they really have very little effect on the product. Let the new manager pick his coaches and move on. Go Braves!!

Kat

October 26th, 2010
7:21 pm

Interesting to hear Presley’s name thrown in there. It makes sense he’s gonna want to bring some of his people with him to Atlanta. I agree that right now it will be great to get anyone different in there to see how they can get these guys to produce at the plate.

Eric In Albany N.Y.

October 26th, 2010
7:22 pm

SAY IT JIM!!!! LET THE NEW MANAGER PICK HIS COACHES AND MOVE ON!!! if he is happy he will do a good job as manager!

Vahidawg

October 26th, 2010
7:24 pm

Howie McCann 2010
“see the ball. Be…be the ball”

Vahidawg

October 26th, 2010
7:26 pm

Eric, since you dont care at all and it doesn’t matter- why not Pendleton?

steveP

October 26th, 2010
7:27 pm

really? This is the best we could do?

david

October 26th, 2010
7:27 pm

he cant do any worse, don baylor would still have been my first choice

kd

October 26th, 2010
7:29 pm

I find it interesting that there are so many authorities on hitting coaches. Can anyone tell me Presley’s philosophies about hitting? What about his teaching ability? I would imagine the only thing that I will get is some snide comment about TP.

I get that TP and our hitters didn’t make a connection. It is time for a change. However, teachers can only do as their students will allow, and as the student’s ability will allow.

Relax. The correlation between Presley’s career average and his ability to instruct, have very little in common. Many good hitters/players perform because they are naturally superior. They can’t teach what they do, nor can they relate to many different needs/styles/approaches.

Many times, a guy that has struggled has to have learned “how” to hit, how to adjust- thus making the connection to other players’ needs. A great teacher isn’t how much they know (see most PhD’s), but rather how they covey the information.

There is zero proof that being a great player makes for a great coach.

It is very shallow thinking to say that a guy that .265 hitter can’t teach hitting.

Earl

October 26th, 2010
7:29 pm

I didn’t know Jim Presley was the brother of Elvis!! LOL……..The club house pre-game theme song shuld be “Just a hunka hunka Burning Wood”.

Tommy Boggs

October 26th, 2010
7:34 pm

Mike Maddux is a great pitching coach, but a below average pitcher.
Give the guy a chance or change the name of this blog to the Braves whine line.

Bubba Joe

October 26th, 2010
7:35 pm

Pete Rose for hitting coach.

Eric In Albany N.Y.

October 26th, 2010
7:36 pm

“Eric, since you dont care at all and it doesn’t matter- why not Pendleton?”

i was for a new manager because i think a new fire in the clubhouse makes all the difference. i think any new fire or change in the clubhouse is a good thing. i think its time to change terry but i think he will be great as an infield coach. i think he can create a new fire. i also think that his fire went out as a hitting coach. i dont think it matters who is the coach but i do think it matters that the job doesnt get stail for the person doing it.

if you dont understand what i mean by fire in the clubhouse… see also eric hinsky! i think there is just some people who make the team stay alive over the long long long spring training and regular season.

jj

October 26th, 2010
7:38 pm

Who was M.Prado and Afante’s batting coach?I wonder was it the batting coach or who was batting.I think the big move was getting a new manager,and I hate it was two(2)years too late.GO BRAVES

Mike A

October 26th, 2010
7:49 pm

What of the incident where Presley allegedly choked his mother when playing for the Braves in 1990? That’s the first thing I thought of when his name was brought up for hitting coach. I don’t recall how it was resolved, but I remember it being an embarrassing time for the Braves organization. Perhaps charges were dropped, but still, it seems a bit strange to bring him back.

sealift

October 26th, 2010
7:50 pm

What I remember about Pressley was his foot rocking batting stance, no sense of
rhythm in his swing. Much like a golfer with nervous yips feet.

where is Brett Butler these days. there’s a guy who could work the count, get his
pitch, move the runner.

tjhook

October 26th, 2010
7:56 pm

Since we’re bringing back old Atlanta Braves performers pre-1991, why not send in a call to Ken Oberkfell. He had the best average of the Braves’ regulars.

Smitty

October 26th, 2010
8:01 pm

Jim Presley couldn’t hit his way out of a paper bag he failed.

JD

October 26th, 2010
8:05 pm

You gotta be kidding me? A career .247 hitter as a hitting coach? C’mon this is a joke right? Hang on, i’ll bring my 13 year old over, he’s hitting .475 or so against so-so pitching this fall. Nothing to write home about, but then again, this isn’t either….

*yawn* – isn’t Dale Murphy available?? at least he was a career .265 hitter….

I’m just saying –

Freddi, if you’re going to hire a hitting coach, hire a hitting coach and not your best friend…

JD

October 26th, 2010
8:05 pm

@smitty – couldn’t agree more.

UGA Bail Bonds

October 26th, 2010
8:07 pm

This is kind of crazy to me,the new skipper thing. My three fav teams haven’t changed the top guy in over 15 years. Utah Jazz,Sloan 22 yaers. Tenn Titans,Fisher 17 years and the Braves and Bobby. Coaches come and go but this is going to be interesting during the hot stove season. Go Braves, we need a big stick at clean up.

Poorbrave

October 26th, 2010
8:08 pm

Sure would love to see Greg Walker as hitting coach. Not a fan of Presleys but understand the good ole’boy system…nothing changes except thank God TP is not hitting coach. He should be gone.

Owner of a Lonely Heart

October 26th, 2010
8:15 pm

Presley’s Kinsman – Thank you very much!

George Brett for hitting coach

October 26th, 2010
8:21 pm

Why on earth is Snitker still our 3rd base coach? This would be a perfect role for Pendleton. I beleive he would florish in this role. Snitker hasn’t got a clue on how to be a 3rd base coach.

StevenG

October 26th, 2010
8:35 pm

What was wrong with Hubbard as the first base coach? I know he was credited with also being a great help to our young second basemen over the years. Pendelton on the other hand only has one thing going for him and it can’t be spoken for fear of being politically incorrect. Let’s at least make an effort to get the Texas Rangers hitting coach. It can’t hurt, and he’s well known to be the best in the biz.

Mike Jay

October 26th, 2010
8:36 pm

You all are way overestimating the value of a hitting coach whilst knowing nothing of how Presely coaches, his philosophies or teaching ability. It’s more psychology and knowledge then one time ability.

sdwhite

October 26th, 2010
8:46 pm

If you look at what the Marlins did with the bat while having the lowest payroll in baseball you’ll realize that Presley must be doing something right. Give him a chance.

Atlanta braves fan of south

October 26th, 2010
8:50 pm

The hitting coach needs let players swing on the 2 pitch . The 1st pitch will always be a ball in most cases and then number 2 outside left , 3rd is down the middle .

I think most hitting coaching is trying to find out when to swing . Hitting is hard, and what better guy to have as a hitting coach than someone on the 1991 1992 braves that went from worst to first . they seen bad pitches and bad hitting and good pitching and good hitting . they would know

bluedevilcbw

October 26th, 2010
8:53 pm

**** Presley. Get Don Baylor. It makes the most sense and it’s what Chipper wants.

UGA Bail Bonds

October 26th, 2010
8:58 pm

@stevenG The Rangers hitting coach is now Clint Hurdle,the former Rockies skipper. You might be thinking of the of the guy,can’t remember his name,who is now the Cubs hitting coach.

DK

October 26th, 2010
9:05 pm

Here are the marlins team batting averages for the three full seasons FG and his staff were in there.

2007. BA. 267. Ranked 8th in the NL.
2008. BA. 254. Ranked 11th in the NL.
2009. BA. 268. Ranked 3rd in the NL.

The stats are from baseball reference.com

o-me

October 26th, 2010
9:16 pm

blue how do u know what chipper wants?

Just say no to Presley!

David O'Brien

October 26th, 2010
9:21 pm

Let’s at least make an effort to get the Texas Rangers hitting coach. It can’t hurt, and he’s well known to be the best in the biz. — StevenG

If you’re talking about Rudy Jaramillo, he left the Rangers a year ago, was with the Chicago Cubs in 2010. The Rangers did OK in the first year he was gone.

JC Bravo

October 26th, 2010
9:35 pm

You knuckleheads realize that many hitting and pitching coaches never even made it to the bigs, right? The “great” Rudy Jaramillo is an example of this. I could care less whether a guy could hit big league pitching- that comes down to skill. Many times great players can’t teach because most of what they did was god given and can’t be articulated.

Cornfuzed

October 26th, 2010
9:40 pm

I would also like to see Don Baylor come back. He did an outstanding job when he was here before. But I’m going to give Fredi and Frank the benefit of the doubt with this choice- I think you have to.

Looking Forward to Freddies (both of them)

October 26th, 2010
9:45 pm

DK – thank for posting the stats.
Unfortunately, it is such a small sample size containing so many variables that it is extremely difficult to conclude anything about Presley’s ability to coach hitting. I like the 2009 .268 line but am less enthused by the 2008 .254 line. The Marlin’s had (have) a good hitting line up and they have hit decently – I do not know whether that is due to coaching, the hitters themselves, or a mix of both.

I do not specifically remember anyone on the Marlins slumping last year (like McClouth and Escobar did here). Neither does anyone on the Marlins come to mind as a player who utterly failed to fulfill expectations as a hitter. I guess these could be good signs that at least Presley is not a bad hitting coach…still his stats as a player were not that impressive – even when he was an all-star.

I do not think the Braves hit to their potential under Pendleton. I think they underperformed. Thus I was one of the people arguing that Pendleton should go (..though I am very glad he remained with the organization).

David O'Brien

October 26th, 2010
9:46 pm

JC Bravo: Yeah, I guess these same folks drawing connections between a player’s career averages and coaching ability would sure never have hired Leo Mazzone. Or Jaramillo. Or Mike Maddux. Or Dave Duncan (certainly not as a pitching coach, since he didn’t pitch). And on and on….

sgarcia

October 26th, 2010
9:51 pm

or bobby cox

Hit A Single

October 26th, 2010
9:52 pm

Don Baylor will be in Arizona.

Dawgdad (The Original)

October 26th, 2010
9:53 pm

You guys who would not hire Pressley because of his inability to pitch, should realize that Leo Mazzone never was a good enough pitcher to make the majors, neither was Tommy Lasorda. Mike Maddux and Randy St Clair and Roger McDowell are good pitching coaches, who were not outstanding pitchers. Bobby Cox was no Mike Schmidt in the majors.

lee

October 26th, 2010
9:53 pm

well now we go from having Pendelton, the worst hitting coach in baseball, to having a lot to do with the braves defense!!! talking about going from the “frying pan into the fire” when Pendelton said he was excited to get to other aspects of the game where he thought he had some great ideas to help the team, it gave me nightmares. i mean this is the “brain” that allowed him to say to himself that he was a “great” hitting coach!!!!!! he should have been gone and should have NO influence on this team!!!

Dawgdad (The Original)

October 26th, 2010
9:54 pm

should be inability to hit

Looking Forward to Freddies (both of them)

October 26th, 2010
9:55 pm

Hit A Single
October 26th, 2010
9:52 pm

Don Baylor will be in Arizona.

….and that is a crying shame.

Hit A Single

October 26th, 2010
9:58 pm

Don’t know if he would be interested but Fred McGriff always seemed like a good managerial or coach. He sure could hit and heard he did clinics. Would be a great hire. We could have another Fire Night to get the bats hot.

Hit A Single

October 26th, 2010
9:59 pm

Pendleton catches alot of flack, but he sure contributed in the worst to first.

Pepe Frias

October 26th, 2010
10:01 pm

At this rate….Fredi’s time in Atlanta will be short. He makes poor choices for coaches. He probably will be given a half-ass team by ownership and management. I figure two seasons and Chuck Tanner, Russ Nixon……..just add Fredi to the list of losing managers.

Looking Forward to Freddies (both of them)

October 26th, 2010
10:03 pm

Hit A Single
October 26th, 2010
9:58 pm

Don’t know if he would be interested but Fred McGriff always seemed like a good managerial or coach. He sure could hit and heard he did clinics. Would be a great hire. We could have another Fire Night to get the bats hot.

Haha….In all seriousness, though, I agree. I am pretty sure I saw him in a handful of instructional video advertisements. I do not know whether that was just star power or whether he really did coach hitting well. I would be open to the idea. He could be a real fire starter for this organization, just like he was the first time around.

hAL

October 26th, 2010
10:07 pm

all prestley has to know about is fake thumb injurys lol

JOJO

October 26th, 2010
10:11 pm

DON BAYLOR WAS HIRED AS HITTING COACH BY THE DIAMONDBACKS TODAY!

bamakirk

October 26th, 2010
10:14 pm

You guys are nuts. Being a good hitter does not make you a good swing coach. Look at all of the great swing coaches on the PGA tour. They are teaching guys who can beat them by 10 shots, but they must be pretty good at what they do.

Michael Ruffin

October 26th, 2010
10:14 pm

How ’bout Mike Lum?

kd

October 26th, 2010
10:22 pm

Again….show evidence that correlates good player to good teacher. Being able to do something well, and being able to teach it well are completely separate things.

Good players struggle to understand different approaches because they are naturally gifted. Typically, they don’t have to work as hard as some, and they do things so naturally that they can’t understand why others can’t. Often, they can’t relate to, or are not patient enough to work with those that can’t do as they do. Understanding multiple concepts and being able to translate the information is very different than being able to hit.

This isn’t a difficult concept to grasp.

Puma

October 26th, 2010
10:23 pm

Why don’t they hire Don Baylor?? (joking)

Gene

October 26th, 2010
10:28 pm

Fredi gets to pick his coaches. We will know how well he did this time next year.

Craig

October 26th, 2010
10:33 pm

I always love the “glass is half empty” crowd that always comes on these blogs to add their intelligent incites to the local sports world. It’s great we live in a country where you can express your opinions. That being said, a few of you are total morons who would not know a baseball if it was shoved up your a**. That is my opinion.

The Need To Know

October 26th, 2010
10:37 pm

D.O.B. any idea who the others being considered for hitting coach may be?
Me personally, I like the Brett Butler suggestion but am not sure about his
health these days. But if he is fully recovered and healthy he not only would
possibly make a good hitting coach but could help with base running also.

Nobleman

October 26th, 2010
10:39 pm

A good choice, his player stats not the deciding factor, it’s also chemistry.

turnin2

October 26th, 2010
10:41 pm

Promote Jamie Dismuke…

JD

October 26th, 2010
10:43 pm

DOB’s got a good point, I stand corrected. Check this link out for even more backup on hitting coaches:

http://www.halosheaven.com/2010/8/20/1630102/fire-hatcher-five-myths-about-mlb

Great article.

Just a thought.....

October 26th, 2010
10:45 pm

What About Milt Thompson?

John in Wichita

October 26th, 2010
10:47 pm

George Brett’s most notable hitting coach was Charlie Lau. mlb.com says Lau only hit .255 and many seasons below the Mendoza line. The swing he taught ole George was pretty sweet.

Doug in Tally

October 26th, 2010
11:06 pm

Vote for Bob Horner

Old man

October 26th, 2010
11:17 pm

I guess the best thing Frank and Fredi could do to insure success is read the comments on AJC.com every day. The Atlanta area has an abundance of self proclaimed experts on playing, managing, and coaching.
The only thing they would have work out is how the Braves could have six managers, forty five players, ten coaches, an unlimited budget, and how to be excluded from MLB rules.

Chop Chop

October 26th, 2010
11:20 pm

Note: If Wren upgrades what the hitting coach has to work with, the hitting coach will look smart.

Lank

October 26th, 2010
11:30 pm

I was hoping they would ask Julio Franco.

Tired Of It

October 26th, 2010
11:36 pm

For all of u who hate T.P.(for no good reason) and want him gone from the Braves completely, why not take it a step further and get rid of all the African Americans on the team completely? Oh i forgot, they already did, and it’s one of the reasons this team will never be more than a 1st round loser. It seems(to me anyway) that the braves lack of success for the last 6 years correlates to the lack of(purposely?) american diversity, making for no speed on defense, or offense. It seems every time the braves have men on 1st base they are not able to make it home on doubles hit into the corners, or get back on balls hit to the wall when on defense, not to mention the lack of basestealing ability. The only thing they can count on is hitting home runs, and they don’t do that well either. As long as they purposely try to limit players with speed and power, they will continue to be a 1st round knockout, if they make it that far. Having no creativity on offense, and no flair on defense= losing, regardless of who’s managing or coaching.

big dawg

October 26th, 2010
11:45 pm

The only thing I don’t like about Ol’ Jim is if you notice all the Marlins done was hit homeruns. This Braves team can’t put up homers like Ramirez, Uggla, Cantu(when he was there), and the Stanton kid, Just saying if the Braves had the bats with power then I am all for Jim but they don’t. So why don’t they go after someone who can show them how to go to the opposite field. I can’t remember which game it was against the Giants but dude was painting the outside corner to our lefties and they let it go, gotta learn to go to the opposite field. If you need pointers then ask J-HEY he did it better than anyone on the team.

Thomas

October 27th, 2010
12:17 am

The credit given to hitting coaches and the criticism are both undeserved. Phils fire their hitting coach when the team was not hitting, but he was the hitting coach in 2007 – 2009 when they outhit everyone. Was he the reason they were doing so good and if so did he all of a sudden became worthless? apparently his replacement was no good either, based on their performance in the playoffs.
I doubt Freddi Gonzalez would hire Pressley because he was with him in Miami, also if that was the case he would have named him at the time he named the bench coach.
Freddi I belieeve you want to win here and therefore will hire the person you consider best for the job, good luck Freddi.

Jeff

October 27th, 2010
12:19 am

I guess Biff Pocoroba wasn’t available… or Terry Harper… or Brad Komminsk… or Rufino Lineras… or Randy Johnson… or Jeff Treadway.

I’m not crazy about JP as a potential hire, but I’ll give Gonzalez some time… we in Atlanta had BETTER give Fredi a couple of years to turn this into HIS team… it can’t happen overnight. If, in year 3, this team is worse than it was in 2010, then we can think about changes… but personally, I like Fredi and his intelligence and his leadership style, so I’ll defend him until proven otherwise.

That being said… the Braves should go after whoever was the Washington Nationals’ hitting coach this year… they KILLED the Braves and they ALWAYS got clutch hits when I saw them! And THAT guy had very little talent to work with… just food for thought.

Bob M.

October 27th, 2010
12:20 am

Glenn Hubbard may be the nicest guy in baseball. I remember the early 80’s when he used to sit in his truck and talk baseball to kids in his neighborhood. He signed every autograph and was always friendly to the fans… and he was/is a good first base coach. If anyone should have kept his job it’s Glenn.

Rick Riehl

October 27th, 2010
12:29 am

how about Lemke at least he could hit in October . I would have wanted Baylor too but there has to be some up and comers .

In Fredi I Trust

October 27th, 2010
12:39 am

Chill everyone, it says that this guy is a finalist, he hasn’t been hired as of yet. I am sure their are several other options out there, we just need to wait and see what happens.

Baylor would have been a good choice, Bob Horner or Dale Murphy would be great choices, Fred McGriff would be a nice addition, and I love the idea of Pete Rose but because the commissioner of baseball Bud Selig is a knob, that won’t ever happen.

I don’t know enough about this Presley guy to pass judgment just yet, but I really hope that Fredi makes the best choice for the team, and doesn’t go off of personal feelings. There is a time for real options, and there is a time for friends. When a team is trying to get back to being a World Series contender, they need to get the right personnel in place without looking back.

Dave

October 27th, 2010
12:45 am

Okay, let’s see then; here’s the stats, you guess the player:

MLB Appearances: 47
AB: 99
Hits: 25 (all singles)
HR: 0
RBI: 4
Lifetime BA: .253

Give up? It was Walt Hriniak, one of the foremost hitting instructors/coaches in baseball history.

Still though, whoever becomes the hitting coach needs to teach how to put the ball in play, not just swinging for the bleachers. The Braves need to repay the favor of being base-hit to death throughout the years. They have the pitching, now they just need the conversion to being a station-to-station team. Brooks Conrad probably won’t be around next year to save the day with a bottom of the ninth inning grand slam.

DaveDawg96

October 27th, 2010
1:11 am

This is Fredi’s club and Fredi’s call to make. If he wants Presley, then Presley it should be. I support whoever he wants. Really people, go become a MLB manager before second-guessing Fredi’s possible hires. Or at least give Fredi the chance to actually manage a game for the Braves before doubting him.

Tired of it, what , tired of being a fool?

October 27th, 2010
1:20 am

“why not take it a step further and get rid of all the African Americans on the team completely? Oh i forgot, they already did, ”

Last I checked, Heyward is Black( I refuse to use that silly A A term) and we traded for Derek Lee.
How many blacks have to be on the roster to make you happy?

Kawakami + McLouth = a Rasmus jersey

October 27th, 2010
2:57 am

“why not take it a step further and get rid of all the African Americans on the team completely? Oh i forgot, they already did, and it’s one of the reasons this team will never be more than a 1st round loser. It seems(to me anyway) that the braves lack of success for the last 6 years correlates to the lack of(purposely?) american diversity, making for no speed on defense, or offense.”

Grow up dude

yogi2

October 27th, 2010
3:34 am

good choice in Pressley. he tutored alot of good hitters in Florida.
I guess we could make Mclouth hitting coach and use reverse psycology.
Frank Wren should release McLouth, Kawakami, and Conrad. A new manager should not be burdened with those players and expect to win.

Biff Pocaroba

October 27th, 2010
5:45 am

Why not Biff Pocaroba?

I love the Braves

October 27th, 2010
5:54 am

Bill Meeks would be the smart choice. I once saw him beat an ant hill all to hell with a bat. Leon could sell him a car to drive. Chuck will crush it. Barbara will eat it.

Chipper's ACL

October 27th, 2010
6:05 am

I don’t agree with the TP move either. A first base coach should have the ability to assist the team with base running. I would have prefered Dave Collins. Not surprised Pressley’s name mentioned. McDowell has been a fair pitching coach but Curt Young from Oak would’ve been a huge signing. Talking about developing young arms, this guy has dont it.

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