Braves to interview ex-White Sox hitting coach

Former Chicago White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker will interview for the Braves’ hitting-coach position this week. The Braves fired first-year hitting coach Larry Parrish two days after the season ended.

Walker, 52, is a Georgia native and former major league player who spent 8-1/2 seasons as White Sox hitting coach before resigning after the 2011 season. He has also reportedly been contacted by San Diego about the Padres’ hitting-coach position.

The Sox ranked eighth in the 14-team American League this season in average (.252), seventh in on-base percentage (.319) and 11th in on-base-plus-slugging percentage (.706), down from sixth in OPS (.752) in 2010.

They were 11th in the AL in runs in 2011, seventh in 2010 and 12th in 2009.

Walker was consistently praised by Paul Konerko for his work with the slugging first baseman over the years, drew criticism after former University of Georgia star Gordon Beckham’s regression since his 2009 rookie season and Adam Dunn’s career-worst season in 2011, after the former Reds and Nationals slugger signed a huge free-agent contract with Chicago.

The Braves have not commented on their hitting-coach search and how many candidates might be interviewed. General manager Frank Wren has said only that the search would be far-reaching and that there was no timetable or rush to hire.

309 comments Add your comment

Frediot

October 10th, 2011
8:02 pm

Loves dis Guy. He making sures guys make contact. Who be caring if its weak contact? I’m all about outs as longing as balls are put in play. Also he looks close enough to Parrish so I will be less confused.

Andres

October 10th, 2011
8:07 pm

Frediot

October 10th, 2011
8:09 pm

I is da firsting Andres. HAHAHA You just can’t be as smarts as me.

Bigbrave

October 10th, 2011
8:26 pm

not an impressive resume

Glenn

October 10th, 2011
8:33 pm

Why even look at someone whose already proven he can’t do a good job? A .252 average in the American League? Are you kidding me? And players complained about him, including Adam Dunn, who was a monster in the National League and dried up under his tender loving care? Seriously?

If you can’t find a proven commodity, like Don Baylor (remember what he was able to do when he was here?), then why not get someone like Nomar G. or another “professional” hitter over a long period of time (not like Terry Pendleton)? The team’s batting has gone into a black hole since Don Baylor left. You can’t whiff with this selection; you have a young right fielder who needs help. Other players who came over had the averages and other production decline as soon as they arrived. Time to get serious.

Nerdbucket Moylan

October 10th, 2011
8:33 pm

When I first read the headline “Braves to interview Walker” for hitting coach, I thought, oh man, the braves are finally stepping it up and making a run @ a real coach, Larry Walker. Wren: “This is what we can afford, go find somebody in that category.” I love these career .260 hitting coaches a la Parrish and Walker… btw I am sure that the interview will be at the Bullpen next to Turner too.

Herschel Talker

October 10th, 2011
8:36 pm

Frediot:

Love the name. Couldn’t have put it any better than that. Fredi is indeed an idiot. Well done.

HT

garynpOH

October 10th, 2011
8:37 pm

DOB i may have missed this question in another blog, is it just not possible for a player a la Chipper to both play and be a hitting coach. I can’t recall seeing it done but wonder if there is a chance.

TeheranTime

October 10th, 2011
9:01 pm

Chipper will make an excellent hitting coach someday.

P-Man

October 10th, 2011
9:04 pm

You guys make sure you apply, since you have all the answers. Here’s your chance to show that your one year (or more) as a Little League coach qualifies you to coach Major League hitters.

Doesn’t cost anything to interview a guy, even if just to find out his philosophy and personality. You don’t necessarily have to be great at something to be able to teach it effectively. Conversely, just because you were successful doesn’t mean you can teach it.

I say interview anybody and everybody. There’s no rush. No matter who they interview, someone on here won’t like it. Just tired of reading negative stuff all the time. How about just waiting and see what happens before you criticize.

Larry

October 10th, 2011
9:06 pm

Imagine these headlines:

“Braves interviewing Terry Francona for manager.”

“Braves interviewing former Brave, Brett Butler, for batting coach.”

“Braves negotiating settlements for Lowe and Jones contracts final year to make a play for SS Jose Reyes”

Or we just keep Fruity and his odd batting orders?

I can dream, can’t I?

Ozzie

October 10th, 2011
9:08 pm

Expecting this org to make good decisions is like expecting it to rain in the Sahara. Sure it could happen but I wouldn’t bet money on it or expect to live to see it.

We have seen the absolute best the FO has to offer, their cup is empty.

Sorry but fool me once….fool me 3,475 times shame on me.

Joan Jett’s “Heart Breaker” playing in the background is most fitting this org news items.

If they had the guts they would hire Francona and let him gut the coaching staff as needed, trade players or cut players who are like lead anchors and rework the focus on the minors b/c is sure as sh_t not about creating quality hitters (FF aside).

Pitching and then a squirrel finding an offensive nut is the MO in the minors.

Mitchell

October 10th, 2011
9:09 pm

Unless somebody can come in that stands anywhere near Chipper in terms of professional accomplishments don’t even f*ing bother.

Ironically, Terry Pendleton, the former MVP and could have been World Series hero, fits that bill.

But we’re looking towards the future, right Frank?

Not really sure what purpose Glenn Hubbard or TP served as first base coaches for that matter. We can’t f*ing steal, can’t hit and run, etc.

Lot of problems with this “team” whether they want to admit it or not.

Greg Walker?

Are you kidding? Who the **** is that anyway?

Delbert D.

October 10th, 2011
9:10 pm

Get a Charley Lau disciple. He taught Matthew Broderick how to hit.

Web Masters

October 10th, 2011
9:10 pm

I told you so. It’s the philosophy of the FO. Until every vestige of JS and Booby are eradicated, the mediocrity will continue. The braves have a serious case of “Low T”.

BosnianBaller

October 10th, 2011
9:35 pm

Can we get Larry Walker and not this Walker

J-Man

October 10th, 2011
9:46 pm

Noooooooooooooooo!!!!!!! When will we actually get someone who knows how to be a hitting coach. Don Baylor Hello??????

Beauvighn

October 10th, 2011
9:48 pm

I would rather have Jerry Jeff Walker instead of this Walker…At least he could hum us a tune during the seventh inning stretch

FJ10

October 10th, 2011
9:58 pm

If hitting coaches mean as much to a team as you people like to think and preach and whine about they’d be the highest paid people in baseball. If they could turn people into .300 hitters then why not .500 hitters? You won’t even need a manager if a hitting coach could impact a team as much as you yo-yo’s think.

WDW

October 10th, 2011
10:23 pm

Greg Walker is a great Pick for Braves..Hire him Wren and you will see a big improvement in the hitting on this team.’Ozzie wanted Walker to go to Fla with him but Greg turned him down. Walker is from Ga and wishes to return. He is a 24-7 worker..he demands the best. all the crap in blogs above don’t even know the guy..per se. Yes, they had couple players that didn’t do crap but Shi! happens ..and its not always the coaches fault. Thats the reason he resigned..not because of Ozzie leaving and he was not fired.
Some say get Baylor but Baylor has a job plus he is having health problems.
I’ve know Greg for 20 years and he is 1st class..players will love him and they will respond…Chipper and Fredi plus others on team already know him..well. GET IT DONE MR. WREN..it will be one of your best moves.
Walker would also make a good manager one day.

Najeh Davenpoop

October 10th, 2011
10:41 pm

Pendleton was not that bad.

BraveOne

October 10th, 2011
10:52 pm

What about Milt Thompson?

WDW

October 10th, 2011
10:57 pm

Mitchell u not to smart if you don’t know Greg Walker . He played 10 years with White Sox and 1 year with Baltimore. He was hitting coach for 9 years with White Sox. He has a WS ring and wants another one. The difference in Parrish and Walkers is like Night and Day. You will see if he is hired. Hope SDP don’t get him. His first choice is Braves.

Beauvighn

October 10th, 2011
10:57 pm

I disagree…TP was that bad…just look up the numbers. That is why he was replaced. I do agree with the post that stated the players have to buy into what the hiting coach is trying to teaching. This is why we must hire someone that will command the players respect. In other owrds, someone who has actually hit his weight in the big leagues.

Fat Ralph

October 10th, 2011
11:09 pm

Why hire a guy that produced .252 ? Go get a former great hitter like T.Gwynn,W.Boggs,R.Yount,P.Molitor… You hire a sorry hitter you get sorry results…

Yes

October 10th, 2011
11:20 pm

Hire Hershel Walker for the hitting coach. He will hit ya.

Bill

October 10th, 2011
11:22 pm

Hire Chipper as the hitting coach.

tony austin

October 10th, 2011
11:22 pm

Dale Murphy.

Steve Withheld

October 10th, 2011
11:27 pm

Very consistent with the way things are currently done — take a hard look at someone who is mediocre and can be gotten for cheap!

Joey M

October 10th, 2011
11:33 pm

This may sound stupid, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Eddie Murray coming in as a hitting instructor. If not him, Steve Sax, Brett Buttler or even Barry Bonds for some 1 on 1 work with Heyward and Freeman. All we really need is someone that doesn’t care about the players ego’s, but cares about results. The Bonds comment comes out of left field for most, and I’m not advocating the Braves give him a job. All I’m saying is I would really like to see Heyward simplify his swing and try to mimic Bonds at the plate. The one major addition that nobody is talking about is the Braves need to hire a strength coach that is used to working with NFL players. In the NFL, they are every bit as active as baseball players. They teach speed, power, hand/eye coordination, and reflexes. The best hitters in baseball are strong as oxen. Get these guys doing Pilates to add flexibility, get them on strict diets and turn them into the best in the game. They are getting paid millions, make them be the best they can be.

noseknows

October 10th, 2011
11:39 pm

Please, please, please, NO to Walker. The White Sox looked like the Braves – swing for the fences all of the time.

Ken

October 10th, 2011
11:47 pm

How ’bout Ruffino Linares

Bojack

October 10th, 2011
11:54 pm

Fat Ralph, Some of the best managers and Coaches are the ones than never played are made it Professional. Just because you do something good don’t make you a good teacher.
Bobby Cox was not a good player for example but a pretty good mgr.
You will not find a player say anything bad about Greg Walker. He had a option to return to White Sox and didn’t.
Give the man a chance.He has 9 years experance and knows what he’s doing and a change for him and Braves will be good for both. New Blood. Parrish had never coached before this is different GW has that exp. Go Braves.
Over look my spelling I had a bad teacher that could spell but couldn’t teach it.

Bojack

October 10th, 2011
11:58 pm

Most of the names u people say have never coached….What do u expect..learn on the job like Parrish.

Don Andrews

October 11th, 2011
12:01 am

How about Johnny Walker. Braves could use him.

bravesfaninNashville

October 11th, 2011
12:29 am

IMHO I think the Braves can do better than Walker. We need a coach that can get us to be near the top in OBP. It’s about strike zone recognition and not expanding the zone. As much bad press as Mark McGwire got over steroid use he was a high on base hitter even though he struck out a lot. He got a lot of walks because pitchers feared his power and because he was patient and selective. He has done a pretty good job with the Cardinals and their ability to hit with RISP and the Braves inability was the difference in the Cards running down the Braves for the WC. OBP leads to pitchers making mistakes because it drives up pitch counts and you have less solo homers because there’s always someone on base. Doubles in the gap now score runs instead of start two out rallies that die. It also stands the reason that if pitchers have to throw more pitches to the Braves they will make more mistakes. This team needs to learn to spit on non-strikes and crush mistakes. I don’t think Walker brings that kind of coaching to this team.

Pegg

October 11th, 2011
12:31 am

Pegg

October 11th, 2011
12:34 am

or Kenny Lofton… I’ve read what feels like thousands of comments from brilliant Braves fans touting for more Jose Constanza… so let’s turn this who team into a razzle dazzle of Brett Gardner style play. Success will be measured by Brian McCann stealing 30 bases next year. Time for the overhaul.

Sorry, I just wanted to put my stupid idea out there like most of y’alls.

Columbus

October 11th, 2011
12:41 am

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Poorbrave

October 11th, 2011
12:56 am

Thank God Wren will make the decision..not the bloggers.

Columbus

October 11th, 2011
1:00 am

Not impressed. But it makes sense in this scenario. If you are looking for a short-term guy because Chipper takes over when he retires. Chipper is the perfect hitting coach being a switch hitter, a student of hitting for 3 decades already and a Hall of Fame hitter to boot. Hard to do better than having a Hall of Fame hitter as a hitting coach. Would definitely be a significant upgrade over any I can remember with the Braves in quite awhile and frankly I dont see us getting anyone better. Boggs, Mattingly, Gwynn, McGuire, etc.? They arent coming. It takes a great hitter to be a great hitting coach, not a average hitter who knows a lot about it. Thats the bottomline. This guy doesnt qualify except for a short-term solution.

Your idea isnt stupid IMO. Constanza and Bourn brought an entire different dimension and added more oppurtunities to score and that is the name of the game. Scoring runs. It was also more exciting as a fan. When BOTH were in the game, it was dynamic and there were more options and speed never slumps, you get more base runners and runners with speed, not as many double plays hit into, more infield hits that would have been outs. How many one run games that were lost would have been wins? Just one or 2 and we are in the playoffs. Had Constanza played in September on a regular basis, we would have made the playoffs, without a doubt. They picked up the team when both were in the lineup when McCann was out and others at the same time. It was like having 2 Otis Nixon’s! Sure would have been much better than Heyward in the lineup while slumping thats for sure. It reminded me of the Cards in the 80’s. Definitely a playoff team with both them in the lineup…

Columbus

October 11th, 2011
1:03 am

Chipper Jones.

Larry Walker would be a much better choice than this guy too and I am sure we would get him if he would come.

I say Chipper though hands down as soon as he retires.

Nevada Roy

October 11th, 2011
1:31 am

In my management days … I would often interview someone for a key position knowing they were not going to get serious consideration. Its great practice and helps you formulate what you are looking for and knowing when you have found the right person.

Rowsdower

October 11th, 2011
2:46 am

@bravesfaninNashville – We had the top OBP in the NL with TP and everyone called for his head. Fruiti brought in his own guy and that blew up in his face. Own it and bring TP back as hitting coach. 1st base coaches are a dime a dozen…

BoatDoc

October 11th, 2011
6:10 am

GarynpOH brings up an excellent question: Why NOT Chipper NOW?

If players can be player/MANAGERS at the end of their careers (the last to come to mind is Pete Rose… and speaking of Pete Rose…. oh, never mind…)

Anyway – player/hitting coach sounds like less of a handful than player-manager. Chipper has already demonstrated ability and results as a hitting instructor – I’m not saying he should do it for NOTHING – the hitting coach salary should be heaped on top of the big bucks he’s already getitng as the whenever-he-can-play 3B.

Sons of Rick Matula

October 11th, 2011
6:31 am

By and large … hitting coaches don’t mean Jack (Wilson). It’s the hitters. Look at the teams still playing — What can Mark McGwire teach Nick Punto? Yet the guy gets important hits. In the American League, where they hardly ever bunt, the Tigers laid down a perfect one. The Braves inability to bunt or move runners was dramatic. Swinging for the fences is bad? Tell that to Nelson Cruz. If you’re gonna swing – hit the bleeping ball. The collapse of the Braves is on the players. That said Parrish was an easy victim. Freddy’s next – at the 40 game mark next year unless they are plus .500.

Preston Hannatized.

October 11th, 2011
6:33 am

Better Greg Walker than Greg Norton.

Beachdawg

October 11th, 2011
7:12 am

Maybe Chipper’s Dad!!

Bill M.

October 11th, 2011
7:41 am

If not walker, why not try Nomar Garciapara, I know he’s had no experience but he was a good hitter in his prime. He young and probably could relate to the younger players.

davidinvirginia

October 11th, 2011
8:01 am

Odds are good they will hire someone who is “fun to hang out with” and “gets along well with the manager and players.”

Odds are astronomically against the hire being someone who actually has a clue about hitting and/or can impart that knowledge to the Braves players.

Really?

October 11th, 2011
8:04 am

Don Baylor has the big C and passed out the other day somewhere in public. Want a hitting coach who could bunt and hit for average… Rod Carew.

historyman

October 11th, 2011
8:06 am

Greg Walker was quarterback of the undefeated Coffee County Trojans team that was upset at home 21-20 in the playoffs by the Ware County Gators.

Lobosolo

October 11th, 2011
8:06 am

You experts never cease to amaze me…

Lee G

October 11th, 2011
8:29 am

Only one person I would consider hiring as a hitting coach for the Braves…Chipper Jones. Make him a player/coach and be done with it.

Joey

October 11th, 2011
8:29 am

Wow, Pujols and Cruz winning games for Cards and Rangers.

Wait. You mean millionaire stars are supposed to carry their teams in the playoffs?

Weak Braves Weak

October 11th, 2011
8:35 am

Common sense tells you that a player that watched video & critiqued his every game like Tony Gwynn would be better than a guy that just sits on the bench wasting space. Great hitters know the secrets to success. How does a career .240 hitter like Greg Walker that played 4 years know how to hit ? He couldn’t even hit himself but he’s going to teach others ?

As for the Bobby Cox gret manager ? Do we really need to rehash the “anybody breathing” could win with Maddux/Glavine/Smoltz rotation ? But when those guys weren’t there (before & after) he had average teams.

Weak Braves Weak

October 11th, 2011
8:37 am

I meant “great” (typo). Bobby Cox was the beneficiary of great pitching for a 10 year period. He knows it and we all know it. My damn dog could have managed with Maddux/Glavine/Smoltz pitching every 3 of 5 days…

Reality Check

October 11th, 2011
8:42 am

El Bravo

October 11th, 2011
8:43 am

I’d say we go after Kevin Seitzer. We are always raiding the Royals for players we might as well raid them for coaches. DOB, do you know if Seitzer is a possibility? Is he on a yearly or long term contract. He has done impressive work with middling rosters in KC. I imagine he would jump at a chance to work at a more stable organization…

Weak Braves Weak

October 11th, 2011
8:49 am

Just scour the major leagues for every former hitter that hit .220 because that’s how low the Braves standards are… You don’t hire a surgeon to do open heart surgery on you that performed poorly in other surgeries. Why hire a sorry hitter as your hitting coach ? Just retarded.

HugeBravesFan

October 11th, 2011
8:49 am

Does anybody find it odd that the first announced interview for a hitting coach is from the AL? I do. How familiar is he with the pitchers in the National League? After all, he is the one to “instruct” the hitters on their plate approach against every pitcher in every game. Scouting reports aren’t as good as seeing them in person and being familiar with most pitchers in the league. Wren, find someone from the NL, preferably the NL East.

That also makes a strong case for Chipper to slide into that role. His experience at the plate against NL pitchers is a great advantage. That would be win-win for the team and Chipper, and hopefully more wins in September.

poolcue

October 11th, 2011
8:50 am

How about nobody. We dont have a manager, so what do we need with hitting coach?

Jesse Stone

October 11th, 2011
8:50 am

Fat Ralph

October 10th, 2011
11:09 pm
Why hire a guy that produced .252 ? Go get a former great hitter like T.Gwynn,W.Boggs,R.Yount,P.Molitor… You hire a sorry hitter you get sorry results…

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And how was Ted Williams as a manager? I mean, he was a great player, right?

Weak Braves Weak

October 11th, 2011
8:54 am

Wren “We’re gonna do a long search to find the right guy”. So Greg Walker was the result of a long search ? Its been only 2 weeks with 5 months of off season left. Please hire a former great hitter. You saw what hiring a .240 hitter (L.Parrish) did ? Damn.

JOANNE DAVIS

October 11th, 2011
8:54 am

REGARDLESS OF WHO THE BRAVES HIRE, IF THE GUYS AT THE PLATE DON’T HIT. WHAT THE HELL. THE TEAM IS JUST SORRY OFFENSIVELY. YOU CAN TELL THEM AND SHOW THEM ALL YOU WANT, BUT IF THEY DON’T EXECUTE ITS ALL FOR NAUGHT. THEY CAN HIRE BABE RUTH AND IT WILL NOT MATTER.THEY ARE TRYING TO LAY ALL THE BLAME ON JASON HEYWARD, BUT IT WAS THE ENTIRE TEAM.FROM FRANK WREN TO THE BAT BOY.

Cecil34

October 11th, 2011
8:55 am

Braves followers need to come to grips with the fact that with Liberty Media owning this franchise, any personnel move they make is on the “second-tier” desirability level.

This ownership is absolutely not going to commit to the level of payroll that most Braves fans desire and more importantly, to the level “top-tier” players and coaches demand.

Does anyone seriously consider Wren, a Oriole cast-off, to be in the “top-tier” level of MLB GM’s?

He has been serviceable, and that is all that Liberty or McGuirk require.

That having been said, after witnessing both high-payroll franchises make an early exit in these playoffs, very obviously the conventional wisdom of a high payroll as the gameplan to obtaining a championship is totally false.

It appears to me that all GM’s need to heed these results as a wake-up call that “top-tier” players with “top-tier” salaries do not guarantee anything but a foolishly high payroll – one that is out of touch with any semblance of reality.

Such is the path to implosion that the MLB is heading precipitously down.

Fat Ralph

October 11th, 2011
8:57 am

Look at Kirk Gibson,Don Baylor,and Don Mattingly as managers. All great hitters. Not every star former player will give you great results but I’d rather lose with them as great former hitters failing than a .220 former hitter failing.

Fat Ralph

October 11th, 2011
8:59 am

Why do managers and coaches wear uniforms ? They don’t play. You don’t see NBA coaches in shorts and jerseys. You don’t see NFL coaches in jerseys & pads. It looks so stupid to see managers & coaches “dressed up” but not playing…

JOANNE DAVIS

October 11th, 2011
9:07 am

JOEY M I AGREED WITH YOU WHOLE HEARTEDLY, OR GIVE TERRY IS JOB BACK. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THESES GUYS HAS TO HIT, THEY’RE THE ONES WITH THE BIG CHECKS AND 30 PLUS POUNDS BATS IN THIER HANDS.

smyrnabob

October 11th, 2011
9:14 am

Rudy Jaramillo is the best hitting coach of this generation. Lure him out of retirement, he is only 60.

Fat Ralph

October 11th, 2011
9:18 am

Its 30 ounce bats not pounds…

1eyedJack

October 11th, 2011
9:19 am

Has Chipper given any indication that he wants to remain involved in baseball after he retires? He won’t be needing the money and he’s got a great big ranch/hunting property to take care of.

Al Gored Up

October 11th, 2011
9:22 am

Hire Ron Gant as hitting coach. You seen his biceps lately ?

Boneyard Randy

October 11th, 2011
9:26 am

Players are professionals at the mlb level. Coaches don’t matter. A player’s improved or declining performance is usually mental. Whether a coach can penetrate that player’s mental block and get them to improve is generally arbitrary. A psychologist would probably be more beneficial in the dugout than a hitting coach. Any pro player can study film and see where his physical flaws are with his swing on his own. Save the money on a hitting coach and go get a shortstop.

Jesse Stone

October 11th, 2011
9:31 am

Having a great career as a hitter doesn’t make you a great teacher of that skill.

Big Deal

October 11th, 2011
9:40 am

Get Chipper to retire now, and hire him as the hitting coach. That way you improve the coaching staff, and give them the opportunity to finally improve the daily lineup and 3rd base.

Dozer

October 11th, 2011
9:42 am

Where’s Fredi on this? Isn’t he in charge? If that’s the case, why did he sit there all season and watch a constant succession of low-OBP fee-swingers approacvh hitting like a slow-pitch softball team? Is that his philosophy or does he even have one? This won’t mattr unless there is a clear approach to their offense that comes from the top.

kerryb

October 11th, 2011
9:43 am

Why don’t we just make Chipper a player/coach and give him the job full time next year. Of course he probably wouldn’t want to take the pay cut.

FJ10

October 11th, 2011
9:53 am

By your logic a hitting coach is supposed to raise an entire teams average. If he can raise it at all why stop at .300? Should he raise a guys avg by.50? Why only .50? Should a .220 hitter be hitting .270 with a good coach? Should a guy hitting .270 be hitting .320 with a good hitting coach? With that line of thinking if he can raise a .270 to .320 then why can’t he raise a .220 to .320? They can’t. They can only see what a player was doing when he was hot and when he goes cold tell him what he is doing different. You think a guy that got to MLB now needs someone to tell him how to hit?

Biff Pocoroba

October 11th, 2011
9:56 am

My guess is that we end up hiring John Schuerholtz Jr for the job after his one year of managing in rookie ball. Daddy has drafter him and given him a coaching job after he couldn’t bat .200 in the minors. Now it is time to promote him to the show.

bill

October 11th, 2011
9:59 am

nerdbucket moylen Larry Walker was cancer in the lockerroom as a player. I am not sure about him as a coach?

Charles Barkley

October 11th, 2011
10:02 am

I believe this would be turribul if they hired this man. They need to give my man Julio Franco a call.

Todd

October 11th, 2011
10:04 am

Guys,
Chipper is not going to be the hitting coach. He has plenty of money and when he retires, he’s going hunting. In addition, management does not want Chipper on the staff (he is untouchable). Could you imagine the public outcry if our batting declined and Wren had to fire Chipper? Come on, not going to happen.

hbtdawgs

October 11th, 2011
10:05 am

why not chippers dad.

Jesse Stone

October 11th, 2011
10:08 am

Excellent post, Todd

CJ

October 11th, 2011
10:08 am

Can’t we just bring back Jeff Blauser?

CJ

October 11th, 2011
10:10 am

Oops! Sorry, I meant Bob Horner. No, no, no, Claudel Washington, no…wait…Gerald Perry! That’s it, yeah!

wreckbuzz

October 11th, 2011
10:17 am

TERRY PENDLETON SHOULD STILL BE THE HITTING COACH!!!!

Here is the proof. In 2011 the Braves finished 10th in the National League in Runs Scored, 14th in On Base % (OBP) and 11th On Base Plus Slugging (OPS) under Parrish.

Under TP:

OBP OPS RUNS
2010 1 6 5
2009 5 7 6
2008 3 7 6
2007 4 6 3
2006 6 2 2
2005 7 3 4
2004 5 7 5
2003 2 1 1

I think you’d be hard pressed to locate a hitting coach who was that consistent.

I think the 2010 year was particularly good considering the Braves continued to win down the stretch without Chipper Jones and then Martin Prado (and had no Uggla or Freeman in that lineup). But they finished the year 1st in OBP and 5th in runs. Then TP was given a stop watch and shipped off to coach 1st base. Ridiculous.

BartBuzz

October 11th, 2011
10:19 am

I don’t know about anyone else but the White Sox hitting stats don’t impress me. Surely the Braves can find a hitting coach whose results are better. They may have to actually pay more to get more.

JOANNE DAVIS

October 11th, 2011
10:25 am

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JOANNE DAVIS

October 11th, 2011
10:26 am

WHATEVER FAT RALPH, THEY STILL CAN’T HIT.

wreckbuzz

October 11th, 2011
10:33 am

Another thing that gripes me is that Frank Wren has described the type of personality that he wants the Braves to be:

1) He wants a lineup that battles every at bat.
2) He wants a team with speed that steals bases, takes the extra base and unselfishly moves runners up

So my question to Wren would be: WHY DIDN’T YOU HIRE TERRY PENDLETON TO BE THE MANAGER?

TP was that kind of hitter. I can remember him hitting a pitch that should have hit his kneecap because there was a hit-and-run on. He did everything he could to do his job at the plate. TP played for Whitey Herzog in St. Louis. Herzog was the best at running a speed team. Those Cardinal teams were explosive. TP has that experience of that type of baseball.

TP also has a gamer attitude. He once walked off the field when Marvin Freeman failed to protect his hitters. That’s the kind of team I want.

Rufio

October 11th, 2011
10:34 am

Weak Braves Weak—-Everyone keeps saying that anyone could have managed having Smoltz, Maddux and Glavine. I would agree with that maybe when they were in their prime. However, it took patience and positive attitude to get Smoltz and Glavine through the first couple of years. In his first year, Smoltz had a 5.53 ERA and Glavine in his first 2 years was 9-21 with around a 5.00 era. Mad Dog was an acquisition he does not count. Look at all the talent that came into the organization because of Bobby while he was a GM. Plus, he harnessed that talent to the longest record in the MLB of divisions won. So, don’t piss on the man. If anyone came to any Braves Fan during the 80’s and said we were going to win 14 division Title and a World Series beginning in 90’s we would have tossed them in the jail for being on drugs or to much of the “the recipe”. LOL

Some of us are long time fans here and I remember the days of Bobby Wine, Eddie Haas, Chuck Tanner and how embarrassing it was to be a fan. Freddi had a great 5 months and a horrible September. Next year, I hope this September Virus is gone. If not, Freddi needs to go. I blame him for the September collapse. He got away from ABC baseball for some reason.

My hitting coach nominee would be Fred McGriff. Great career in both average and Home runs. Been to the playoffs and World Series. A fan and team Favorite. You can’t tell me these younger players looked at Walkers career stats and gave him any respect.

DawgDad

October 11th, 2011
10:40 am

I moved to Atlanta from a great baseball city in the midwest and I’ve been following MLB for 50+years. I have to say, I’ve never in my life seen a group of sports writers and baseball fans obsess over something as meaningless as a hitting coach like we see here in the AJC blogs on a regular basis. What do they put in the water down here? People: It matters about as much as who the first base coach is. Players hit, not the coaches. The mechanics of hitting at the major league level are pretty well understood by ALL the coaches and most of the players, otherwise they wouldn’t be there in the first place.

Does the AJC have a grammer coach? Does it really matter WHO that is?

Roja

October 11th, 2011
10:43 am

If we get Reyes I can lead the chant:

“Jose, Jose, Jose, Jose…. Jose can’t play”!!!

Bob the Blogger

October 11th, 2011
10:47 am

Being a good major league hitter does not mean that a person would be a good hitting coach. Understanding and maintaining your swing vs. understanding and maintaining 25 different swings are two different things.

There’s also the motivational side of coaching. Don Baylor knew Chipper had power from the right side and convinced him of it, and Chipper started hitting with power from the right side. We need a hitting coach who understands the technical aspects of hitting, has the ability to communicate it, and make the players believe in themselves.

Roja

October 11th, 2011
10:49 am

Three of the four teams left in the post-season have HIGHER payrolls than the Braves. We need to spend money for PLAYERS… not obsess over coaches.

DawgDad

October 11th, 2011
10:57 am

wreckbuzz: My question for Wren would be “Why did you hire Dan Uggla?”.

There’s no doubt in my mind some of the Braves players aren’t as bad as they played in September. But the offense didn’t click all year, and though Bourn plugged in nicely in the leadoff spot his presence exposed the lack of a disciplined #2 hitter. Too many free-swingers on this team who aren’t willing or capable of hitting behind runners and putting the ball in play with RISP and less than two outs. Some of the players need to change uniforms.

Back to Uggla. Dan did not do what he came here to do, and that’s to provide RH balance to the lineup. He gets paid a LOT of money to do that, and if he doesn’t adjust his approach at the plate against lefties and with RISP the Braves will regret his signing for years to come. McCann: I just hope his problems aren’t permanent and career threatening. No hitting coach is going to fix those guys, and they just need to leave Heyward alone.

Rufio

October 11th, 2011
11:04 am

Wreckbuzz stated “TP also has a gamer attitude. He once walked off the field when Marvin Freeman failed to protect his hitters. That’s the kind of team I want” I agree and remember that incident. He also threw Glavine against the lockers for not throwing at Dale Murphy after the Phils hit a Braves player on purpose. Pendleton and Bream were Player/Coaches during those years that is for sure.

Justafan

October 11th, 2011
11:06 am

“Fat ? Ralph” & “weak brave weak”, you don’t even have Greg Walkers stats right are how long he played.
weak brave weak..”your damn dog sounds smarter than you!” and your handle…weak braves weak.. shows your IQ. Your statement about Bobby shows how stupid you are. Like the man are not he is a HAF mgr.
Jesse Stone, Todd, & wdw makes the most sense on blog.
The only one saying anything bad about Walker are the Sports writers in Chicago southside..Sports Writes are not experts on baseball..they write their options most of the time. They push what they like and dislike. The one that said GW was bad in clubhouse is crazy. He is well liked by players.
Wren will make the right pick I pray… and I hope its Greg.

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