Walker hired as Braves hitting coach

Determined to get more from their hitters in 2012, the Braves didn’t just hire Greg Walker as their new hitting coach but also got him an assistant.

Ex-White Sox hitting coach Walker was hired to replace fired Braves hitting coach Larry Parrish, and Scott Fletcher was hired for a hybrid role as assistant hitting coach — a new position for the Braves — and advance scout.

Braves general manager Wren said he and manager Fredi Gonzalez agreed the Walker-Fletcher partnership would give the Braves a “dynamic” tandem for instructing hitters in the improved approach that Braves officials expect in 2012.

Wren said they whittled a list of more than 20 candidates to five, then interviewed three before deciding they’d seen and heard enough.

“We wanted someone who had recent major league experience in this role,” Wren said of Walker, the second candidate interviewed, “and that had a reputation for understanding the swing and an ability to communicate – ability to communicate was a real big factor. And, finally, a philosophy that matched what we want our hitters doing going forward. Greg epitomized all three.”

Walker, a Douglas, Ga., native who still makes his home there, was hired after 8-1/2 seasons as White Sox hitting coach.

The White Sox ranked eighth in the 14-team American League 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.

Since Walker became hitting coach in 2003, the White Sox ranked third in the majors in home runs (1,791) and seventh in slugging percentage (.430).

“It’s pretty humbling that the team you grew up with trusts you to do a real important job with them,” Walker said of being hired by the Braves.

The Coffee High School graduate played parts of nine seasons as a first baseman and designated hitter, all with the White Sox except for part of one season with Baltimore. Walker was a .260 hitter with a .326 OBP, 113 home runs and 444 RBIs in 855 games.

He said it was a lifelong dream to be part of the Braves organization, and after accepting the job on Thursday night he called a list of excited family members and former coaches.

The other significant development Friday was news that Braves would join the growing ranks of  teams to pull advance scouts off the road and instead utilize improved video to do the job in-house. Highly regarded advance scout Bob Johnson moves to a position as special assistant to the GM.

Wren thinks that Fletcher’s new hybrid position will allow the Braves to view more games played by upcoming opponents — watching up to 10 games instead of attending one series — while also giving them a second coach to help out hitters and notice quicker what opponents are trying to do to get those hitters out.

Wren estimated that “six to 10″ other teams have an assistant hitting coach, though some don’t use that title. Mike Gellinger served as Walker’s assistant hitting coach in Chicago.

“Having another set of eyes is a big deal,” Walker said.  “It’s worked well for us in Chicago. And Scott [Fletcher] is a dear friend.”

Walker was consistently praised by Paul Konerko for his work with the slugging first baseman. But he drew criticism for the regression by former University of Georgia star Gordon Beckham’s since the Atlanta native’s 2009 rookie season, and when Adam Dunn had a career-worst season in 2011 after signing a huge free-agent contract with Chicago.

Former Braves catching prospect Tyler Flowers, traded to the White Sox in the Javier Vazquez deal in December 2008, praised Walker for working with him to revamp his swing during a September 2010 callup.  Flowers thinks he’ll work well with Braves slugger Jason Heyward.

After hitting .220 with 16 homers and a .334 OBP in 346 at-bats at Triple-A Charlotte in 2010, Flowers hit .261 with 15 homers and a .390 OBP in 222 at-bats at Charlotte in 2011 to earn his first extended major league stint.

“I’ve learned a lot from him,” Flowers said. “I attribute a lot of my success this past season to him. They brought me up in September 2010 and it basically turned into a month of me working with Greg Walker, just sort of revamping my swing. We had a good relationship, talking to each other and communicating where I could understand what he was saying and he could understand what I was feeling. It’s kind of rare to find that.

“The guy works hard. If you want to hit late or you want to hit early, he’s there for you. I think it’s going to be a good move for the Braves.”

Heyward’s second-season struggles were part of the reason that Parrish was fired, and the Braves wanted to make sure the next hitting coach had a plan and approach to help get Heyward and other hitters back on track.

“I’m still good friends with Jason,” said Flowers, a Marietta native who’s known Heyward since youth baseball. “Him and Walker, I think that’s a good matchup. Jason’s always been open-minded guy, it’s just a matter of translating instruction to what he does. He has a little different swing than most guys, but at same time he has more power than most guys.”

Fletcher, 53, played infield for 16 major-league seasons and has served as a roving instructor in the Colorado Rockies organization. He lives in the Atlanta area and has a son, Brian, who is a Royals minor leaguer who played youth baseball with  Heyward.

Scott Fletcher has seen Heyward play since he was 12. Wren said he didn’t know of that relationship before interviewing Fletcher, and that it had nothing to do with hiring him.

The Braves’ offense slipped significantly in Parrish’s first and only season as hitting coach, and their situational hitting was cited by Wren as the team’s biggest weakness.

After leading the NL with a .339 OBP and tying for fifth with a .740 OPS in Terry Pendleton’s final season as hitting coach in 2010, the Braves slipped to 14th in OBP (.308) and 11th in OPS (.695) in 2011. Pendleton was moved to first-base coach after Gonzalez was hired to replaced retired manager Bobby Cox following the 2010 season.

414 comments Add your comment

RPollardRealtor

October 21st, 2011
1:23 pm

1 really depressed fat fan

October 21st, 2011
1:24 pm

Bama Brave

October 21st, 2011
1:24 pm

Op

October 21st, 2011
1:24 pm

What’s your opinion, DOB?

RPollardRealtor

October 21st, 2011
1:25 pm

I’d like to thank DOB for my first “First” post!

I really like the thought Konerko praised him. However with Beckham and Dunner saying he messed them up I’m really not too sure Konerko is a seasoned Vet and knows what he’s doing at the plate and how to correct what he’s doing wrong. Wish we would of dug a little deeper. We shall see.

jzdc

October 21st, 2011
1:25 pm

LOOOOVE what he did with Adam Dunn and Gordon Beckham. Could not possibly like this move less.

kpokeefe

October 21st, 2011
1:26 pm

This is the best they could get?????

Braves Fan in N.Y.

October 21st, 2011
1:28 pm

Based on past performances, this doesn’t sound like a good move.

Mr. Enigma

October 21st, 2011
1:28 pm

Extremely disappointed. Jamie Dismuke should have gotten the job. The work he did that turned Nate McLouth into a beast in September 2010 was extraordinary.

evan

October 21st, 2011
1:29 pm

mixed feelings about this one. Time will tell. A coach can really only do so much – the players are the ones who can choose to listen or not and the players are ultimately the ones out there swinging the bat.

phil

October 21st, 2011
1:30 pm

Bad move, obviously, and I don’t know anything much…

Fire GW….

JackDennis

October 21st, 2011
1:31 pm

Not sure how any of the mopes on here have any credibility in judging this guy. KPOkeefe, who would you go after?

you kidding me??

October 21st, 2011
1:31 pm

so the best option was a guy who got ran out of town at his last job?? Lets hope Heyward doesn’t go the way of the beckham kid…

Mitchell

October 21st, 2011
1:32 pm

Unless there’s somebody available who was as remotely accomplished a hitter during his career as Chipper Jones, they’d be better off moving TP back to the dugout.

I mean, are we supposed to care about this at this point?

JTH

October 21st, 2011
1:33 pm

WTF!!!!!

Epic collapse followed by this bone headed move. You don’t try to get worse after failure. The franchise has become a joke. Sell the damn team already.

Matt

October 21st, 2011
1:34 pm

So much for that “long and exhaustive” search. I don’t like this move one bit. Feels like they jumped the gun again and settled for less when they could have had more.

Lonnie Smith

October 21st, 2011
1:36 pm

Ya! WORLD SERIES HERE WE COME!!!!

tallyman

October 21st, 2011
1:36 pm

If he was best who were the ones they turned down?

Ramfan89

October 21st, 2011
1:40 pm

I was hoping the Walker he was referring to was Larry Walker (good hitter for Expos and Rockies). There were better options for hitting coach. But ultimately it is the player that is in the box trying to hit. They are suppose to be professionals and get paid to hit, throw and catch. If they could not do those things at top levels they wouldn’t be there. Hitting coaches at the MLB level are overrated any way.

Chipper is a Redneck

October 21st, 2011
1:41 pm

“But the hitting coach drew criticism for the regression by former University of Georgia star Gordon Beckham’s regression…”

It’s a very short article, and you can’t even get a simple sentence like this correct? WOW.

GooseDawg

October 21st, 2011
1:41 pm

I was hoping it was Larry Walker-but I’ll root for Greg & not bellyache like it’s some kind of requirement for posting on the AJC. It’s Friday folks, cheer up! Greg might be exactly what the doctor ordered…time will tell but let’s at least give the guy a chance to get in here & see what happens! GO BRAVES!!!

Mike

October 21st, 2011
1:41 pm

Chipper is a Redneck

October 21st, 2011
1:41 pm

Why do only average hitters get hired as hitting coaches?

what?

October 21st, 2011
1:42 pm

Huh? Where is Dougla?

Hit A Single

October 21st, 2011
1:43 pm

Dang I thought one of the great east cobb coaches would have gotten it.!

RC

October 21st, 2011
1:44 pm

Why do only average hitters get hired as hitting coaches?

Because the great hitters usually have made enough money in their career to not need the job?

Stiffneck

October 21st, 2011
1:45 pm

Probably won’t make a difference. The firing of Larry Parrish was mostly PR than anything else. The Braves choked at the end of the season and needed a scapegoat. There were a number of reasons the team failed, not one.

luis

October 21st, 2011
1:46 pm

I really dont know why people always say they dont like this hitting coah or so… honestly i dont know this guy… he had some success with a few guys and not so much success.with others… really??? if a slugger does good, he did good…. If a slugger change teams and doesnt do good, then the hitting coach is a piece of c***

Astro Joe

October 21st, 2011
1:46 pm

I’m guessing that the hitting coaches responsible for guys like Pujols, Kemp and Cano are usually not unemployed and waiting for a phone call. If you’re selecting from available hitting coaches, then you are choosing from a collection that (generally speaking) hasn’t enjoyed tremendous success in the last season or two. I am personally gratified that he is an experienced hitting coach… a tiny detail they failed to consider with the Parrish hire.

Bama Brave

October 21st, 2011
1:46 pm

He Has to be Better than Larry Parish?

Beauvighn

October 21st, 2011
1:47 pm

Oh boy…not I am really excited about next season…Let me run right out and buy me up some of dem season tickets

Around The Horn

October 21st, 2011
1:48 pm

RECKLESS WREN

Wren really conducted a careful and exhaustive search here didn’t he? The World Series isn’t even over yet, and Frank’s already made a decision.

What was this, the first coach he interviewed?

Come on Frank, can you at least give the appearance of making a careful, thought out decision?

I’m glad though, that he was able to get a guy who was responsible for Adam Dunn turning around last year in Chicago.

I wish Frank would be this decisive in finally deciding that he needs to fire Fredi, another ill-conceived hire on Frank’s part!

Bright Idea

October 21st, 2011
1:48 pm

Job is not rocket science. Convince hitters to be aggressive early and avoid 0-2 and 1-2 counts all the time where they end up swinging at junk. A little success early and they get to hit with more 2-0 and 3-1 counts. Hitting coach job should focus on the mental with only minor technical adjustments.

Chop Chop

October 21st, 2011
1:48 pm

A Georgia native!

He cannot fail!

Steve From Dalton

October 21st, 2011
1:48 pm

Why do only average hitters get hired as hitting coaches?

Those that can do and those that can’t teach.

59bulldawg

October 21st, 2011
1:48 pm

This seems to be more about expediency than competency. Hope I’m wrong. But just being a Georgia boy is not reason enough for this hire considering the recent unhappiness with him in Chicago. If I were Fredi I’m not sure I would want to stake my future as Braves manager on this guy.

bulldogbubba

October 21st, 2011
1:50 pm

Does Sonny Clusters know?He will have to tell Stinky Wintes somebody else got the job.Looks like we settled for someone.Seems to be the method of operation for our team now.GO DOGS!!!

BravesFanSince80's

October 21st, 2011
1:51 pm

I thought the search would be “exhaustive” according to Wren? How can that be when they hired somebody after a couple weeks? WTF? i guess he’s another ho hum guy who stared at the floor during the entire interview…

RC

October 21st, 2011
1:51 pm

Why do so many view this hire as “rushed”? It’s not like the Braves front office took a month long vacation when the season ended, and today is their first day back. They’ve been discussing and interviewing people for nearly a month. Honestly, I’d be worried if the search had continued much longer, because that would imply that they couldn’t find a candidate they were comfortable with.

wreckbuzz

October 21st, 2011
1:52 pm

What angers me about this is the last paragraph…TERRY PENDLETON HAD THE BRAVES 1ST IN THE NL IN OBP IN 2010 AND GOT PUSHED OVER TO 1ST BASE COACH!!!

Now we’re hiring a guy with less success as a hitting coach as TP. Frank Wren outthunk himself on that move. He should have stuck with TP. Dumb dumb dumb.

RC

October 21st, 2011
1:54 pm

What angers me about this is the last paragraph…TERRY PENDLETON HAD THE BRAVES 1ST IN THE NL IN OBP IN 2010 AND GOT PUSHED OVER TO 1ST BASE COACH!!!

I think TP was moved because the team is trying to give him the experience to become a manager somewhere soon. Wouldn’t be suprised at all to see him get some interviews in the next couple of years, especially in St. Louis. Who knows how long TLR will stay in the game, and TP is almost as popular there as he is in ATL.

BravesFanSince80's

October 21st, 2011
1:55 pm

RC: most are reacting this way because Walker’s name was really the only one we’ve heard, i.e, everybody, including myself think he was predetermined and that the “exhaustive” search Wren spoke of was really more of his horse s h i t!

Bluestreak

October 21st, 2011
1:56 pm

If this guy is influential enough to affect a long-tenured player like Adam Dunn, who has been successful as a hitter for several years, and make him pathetic…then he’s a bigger influence on the game than any other batting coach in the league.

Let’s see what he does before we call this a bad hire. If Kornerko says he’s good, and Paul is a good hitter and known the guy for a while, then I’m willing to give the guy a chance before slamming him.

Skyrider

October 21st, 2011
1:57 pm

Unlike Larry Parrish, Greg Walker has experience as a hitting coach. He did spend 8 1/2 seasons with the White Sox. This is a better move than simply hiring a guy with no managerial experience.

Frenchy

October 21st, 2011
1:58 pm

I’ll be available in the future.

Robert

October 21st, 2011
1:58 pm

About Walker getting thru to Andruw Jones. I dont think so

In 2007 and 2008, Andruw’s K/BB was horrible – 2 and 3 to 1. 2009, when he was with Texas, is when it got back to a marginally acceptable 1.6 to one or so – which it around where it was in many of his good years while with the Braves. His K/BB stayed the same in 2010.

Thus, I’d say that if anybody finally got thru to Andruw, it looks like it was Rudy Jaramillo

dap01

October 21st, 2011
1:59 pm

I agree with Bluestreak. Dunn don’t seem like the kind of person to be looking up the hitting coach each day.

Now Wren can get to work, creating a deep and TALENTED team. Don’t stop at “good enough”.

Ken Stallings

October 21st, 2011
2:00 pm

An improvement over Parrish. That’s the most positive thing I can say about the hire! That’s not very much positive!

It is charitable to say he “stepped down” from the White Sox job. In truth, it is a mutual decision that he was not going to be retained due to poor performance in the job. So, in truth, we hired someone that another team with a record worse than our’s did not want to retain.

I hope that his local roots had nothing to do with the decision to hire him. It should not.

Finally, Dave O’Brien, as a professional journalist you really should remember that you set a tone for this blog with the quality of your writing. We who reply in comment are not given any chance to edit our remarks. But, you can edit your work as you desire. Please, this blog should envoke a high degree of quality and as previously commented upon about 20 minutes ago, there is a serious problem with a key sentence you wrote.

WDW

October 21st, 2011
2:00 pm

Thanks Frank Wren for a great pick..Greg Walker will do a great job. I’ve know Greg since 1990 and the man works 24-7. players love him and he’s smart. To those that wanted someone else..just give the man a chance.

Bluestreak

October 21st, 2011
2:00 pm

RC,

I agree and believe that they were already planning to replace Larry, because honestly hitting was such an issue all year (and especially the last month) it would have been hard to bring him back even if the team made the postseason.

THey probably had a list ready to go ‘just in case’.

Professor

October 21st, 2011
2:00 pm

Am NOT blown away by this hiring.

Would like to get Chipper’s honest opinion (which he would be too classy to give if it were negative) after he has been with him a few times.

He certainly has his work cut out for him and I hope he doesn’t wait until latter part of February to begin.

Wrensanidiot

October 21st, 2011
2:01 pm

Frank Wren is officially the biggest idiot on the planet. Good move Wren. Hire a man who just got fired because he was a lousy hitting coach. Makes me sooooooooooooo excited about next season.

Robert

October 21st, 2011
2:02 pm

“I thought the search would be “exhaustive” according to Wren?”

Interviewing and then hiring the guy you decided beforehand was going to get the job qualifies as an exhaustive search for this franchise

phil

October 21st, 2011
2:04 pm

Fire GW and FG today….

Fire FW too….

We’re imploding more by the day.

Robert

October 21st, 2011
2:05 pm

“Would like to get Chipper’s honest opinion (which he would be too classy to give if it were negative”

Chipper’s opinion is that he should hit third

The words “Chipper” and “classy” should never be used in the same sentence together unless there is a negative in there somewhere

Wrensanidiot

October 21st, 2011
2:06 pm

We saw that same exhaustive search when they hired Fredi Gonzalez. We all know how that’s working out.

phil

October 21st, 2011
2:06 pm

WDW

October 21st, 2011
2:00 pm
Thanks Frank Wren for a great pick..Greg Walker will do a great job. I’ve know Greg since 1990 and the man works 24-7. players love him and he’s smart. To those that wanted someone else..just give the man a chance.
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Sure, and I’m really tight with Albert Pujols myself.

Gym Nash

October 21st, 2011
2:07 pm

Couldn’t care lesss what Chipper’s opinion of the hire is. Chipper needs a heart surgeoon (for his transplant) more than a hitting coach.

Harvey Updyke

October 21st, 2011
2:08 pm

VERY BAD decision. I would have rather taken a shot at an unproven – high risk/high reward guy than this joke.

Walker, Texas Ranger

October 21st, 2011
2:08 pm

I love people giving their opinion on a hitting coach when none of them have a clue who is good and who is bad. And by the way, I think a guy who has been with a team 8 1/2 years in the same position isn’t a bad hire and he also “got fired” cause his manager left to go to the Marlins. Most of these “experts” would have only been happy with Don Baylor or Chipper’s dad. To me, there are only a handful more qualified. My first choice is the Rangers coach and he aint leaving.

Adam

October 21st, 2011
2:09 pm

I’m not a Fredi hater at this point, but I think FG has one more year to show the capacity of being a quality manager or we might see a quick firing and subsequent promotion of TP to manager. I think he’d be a good one. No disrespect intended toFredi but I didn’t understand the passing over of Terry Pendleton to begin with.

GTP

October 21st, 2011
2:11 pm

Once again the Braves go with the cheap option. This organization will never change.

HUHHH?????

October 21st, 2011
2:11 pm

Was Walker the only one that was interviewed for the job? If so, WHY? I imagine that the hire was based solely on economics. We’ll see how he does.

kerryb

October 21st, 2011
2:11 pm

How did this guy have anything to do with what happened to Adam Dunn? Someone said in an earlier post that Konerko was a seasoned vet and knew what to do at the plate. Does that mean that Dunn was a seasoned vet that didnt know what to do at the plate? Someone also said that he messed Gordon Beckham up. Well, the article didn’t say that. How could that be his fault if Beckham did good his rookie season with Walker there. Maybe that was Beckham’s fault.

Braves done, yes they are

October 21st, 2011
2:11 pm

Not impressed at all. The season isnt even over and they have already filled the job with a Terry Pendleton clone. Walker is not that good. The Red Sox have never been top of their league in hitting or anything else. They have in fact been in the middle to lower end the entire time Walker has been their hitting coach.

Thanks Atlanta, another non-producing coach is on his way. Its always about a past Georgia person. Always. How about the best available? Thats really what I wanted to hear.

kerryb

October 21st, 2011
2:12 pm

How could this hire be about economics? It’s not like your hitting coach is making millions of dollars.

RC

October 21st, 2011
2:13 pm

I’m not a Fredi hater at this point, but I think FG has one more year to show the capacity of being a quality manager or we might see a quick firing and subsequent promotion of TP to manager. I think he’d be a good one. No disrespect intended toFredi but I didn’t understand the passing over of Terry Pendleton to begin with.

Giving that job to TP when at the time half the fan base didn’t even want him as the hitting coach would have been unfair to TP and the rest of the team. While I hope that Fredi turns things around, I do agree that TP would be a nice replacement if the time comes that Fredi is relieved of his role. Sometimes it’s better to be the replacement’s replacement, especially if the first guy is taking over for a living legend.

extremus

October 21st, 2011
2:13 pm

While Greg Walker may indeed prove to be a decent hitting coach, I have to agree with some of the above comments when I say his hiring flies in the face of the Braves’ earlier statement that they’d be making a “long and exhaustive” search for a replacement to Larry Parrish. To my knowledge Walker is the ONLY candidate they ever interviewed. This move has more than a hint of feeling rushed, and that often doesn’t bode well fo the long term. I guess time will tell…if the Braves fail again next year I think there will be more than the hitting coach being handed his walking papers.

Bluestreak

October 21st, 2011
2:14 pm

What got through to Druw was he began to realize the fat slow centerfielder with no pop or average doesn’t have a long shelf life in MLB. He realized that he was close to being one of the biggest flameouts in recent memory…or at least one that went from ’sure-fire HOFer’ to ‘couldn’t get a job as a backup’.

And Rudy’s really elevating the Cubs hitters since his move, isn’t he? The White Sox ranked one spot ahead of the Cubs and 4 ahead of Atlanta.

RC

October 21st, 2011
2:15 pm

Not impressed at all. The season isnt even over and they have already filled the job with a Terry Pendleton clone. Walker is not that good. The Red Sox have never been top of their league in hitting or anything else. They have in fact been in the middle to lower end the entire time Walker has been their hitting coach.

There are so many things wrong with that statement I almost don’t know where to begin.

Almost.

1) Walker was not the Red Sox hitting coach…he was the White Sox hitting coach.

2) The Red Sox HAVE had been at the top of their league in hitting.

3) When TP was hitting coach, the Braves were at the top of THEIR league in hitting. So how exactly is “being a TP clone” a bad thing? Which Walker isn’t, but don’t let that stop you at this point.

It's out of here.....

October 21st, 2011
2:17 pm

If a tree falls in the woods and nobody is around to hear it… did it make a sound?

That’s this move……

ChillyMutt

October 21st, 2011
2:17 pm

I initially was thrilled when Frediot was hired … so I will refrain from commenting on this hire.

RC

October 21st, 2011
2:18 pm

To my knowledge Walker is the ONLY candidate they ever interviewed.

That’s because the Atlanta front office keeps these type of things VERY close to the vest. The truth is that nobody outside of the front office knows how many candidates they considered, or who they interviewed.

extremus

October 21st, 2011
2:20 pm

I’ve asked this three-part question on all three blogs (O’Brien, Schultz, Bradley) since the season ended, and so far haven’t received a response. A) Does Liberty Media’s tax write-off for the Braves end this year? B) How likely is it that Liberty Media going to sell the Braves afterward (and how soon)? C) Who stands as potential candidates to purchase the team (hopefully a local HUMAN ownership)? I know you guys are really busy, but I think I speak for a LOT of fans when I say we’d love to hear some clarification on these. Many of us feel the root of the Braves’ issues and current limitations lies in the ownership.

phil

October 21st, 2011
2:20 pm

Finally, Dave O’Brien, as a professional journalist you really should remember that you set a tone for this blog with the quality of your writing. We who reply in comment are not given any chance to edit our remarks. But, you can edit your work as you desire. Please, this blog should envoke a high degree of quality and as previously commented upon about 20 minutes ago, there is a serious problem with a key sentence you wrote. KEN STALLINGS
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Ken, please get some kind of life….it’s his blog, not yours.

Wrensanidiot

October 21st, 2011
2:20 pm

How can anyone hate Fredi? It’s hard to hate someone you’re not sure has a pulse or who seems to be sleepwalking. Fredi has all the fire and enthusiasm of a limp noodle and he instills that same passion in his players. Hopefully, next year we will get an owner that will clean house top to bottom.

Bluestreak

October 21st, 2011
2:22 pm

Everyone calling this the cheaper option…unless Dismuke figured on some big payday if he was elevated to the major league hitting coach, Dismuke would have likely been the ‘cheap’ option. And if he would have been hired, most everyone would have been screaming that the FO didn’t even do a search. The Braves tend to keep that type of buisness behind closed doors until things happen.

O-me

October 21st, 2011
2:23 pm

Man some of you people can’t read anything but AJC and local stuff. Walker was not fired and had a option..He told owner a month before ozzie quit that he was not coming back. Find me one example where Adam Dunn are Beckham said anything bad about him. I did see one story where Beckham had said walker had helped him. Dunn never been more than 258 hitter.
Just because DOB obviously didn’t want Walker don’t mean Greg Walker was a bad hire… I believe alot of you fans will be surprised.

Capt. Obvious

October 21st, 2011
2:23 pm

6 Does dead.
4 Tropy bucks dead.
5 knocked up Hooters girls.

Chipper’s having an October for the ages.

phil

October 21st, 2011
2:23 pm

What the Braves tend to do is choke….

Hiawatha Terrell Wade

October 21st, 2011
2:25 pm

Love people pretending hitting coaches affect wins and losses. Wake up

phil

October 21st, 2011
2:25 pm

Capt. Obvious

October 21st, 2011
2:23 pm
6 Does dead.
4 Tropy bucks dead.
5 knocked up Hooters girls.

Chipper’s having an October for the ages.
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What is a tropy buck?

kerryb

October 21st, 2011
2:29 pm

Everyone wants to blame the Braves collapse on Freddie Gonzales and Frank Wren. Do you not think that losing your best two starters for the last 2 months of the year had anything to do with it? The problem I had with Freddie was running Derrick Lowe out there every 5 days hoping he wouldn’t fail and wanting to hold onto a failure in Larry Parrish. At least give Frank Wren some credit for canning that move in a hurry. Another thing, you think Freddie Gonzales could have foresaw Craig Kimbrell blowing three saves in the last 2 weeks of the season? If that hadnt happened we would have been playing in October.

Dale_in_NC

October 21st, 2011
2:29 pm

You’ve got to be kidding me. The ONLY guy they admitted publicly to interviewing, they hired??!! What happened to the “exhaustive” search? What happened to being in “no rush to hire anyone”? This is just great.

Laughing Jack (OUT LOUD)

October 21st, 2011
2:31 pm

Obviously, Phil, you stated a truth “I don’t know anything much.” Wish 99% of the others who post here were as honest as you. They act as if they know it all and probably do. However, I’m with you, “I don’t know anything much” but I’m happy to see the Braves make the effort they do. Great team from top to bottom. We have so much for which to be thankful regarding the Braves. Just wait till next year! Go Braves!!!!!

WeBurn

October 21st, 2011
2:33 pm

Bad hire. The White Sox sucked, Asked Adam Dunn how good this retread is.

kerryb

October 21st, 2011
2:34 pm

All the know it all posters, tell what hitting coach was out there AVAILABLE that had major league experience. How come the fact that Paul Konerko, a good hitter, praised Walker means nothing but the fact that an all or nothing hitter in Dunn struggling and Gordon Beckham, who struggled this year, means everything. Apparently Beckham was not blaming his struggles on Walker.

WDW

October 21st, 2011
2:34 pm

Phil, It has nothing to do with “Tight’. I agree with you most of the time on Fredi & blogs..but this time I know what he can do. Which you only know what you’ve heard. Thats ok its your opinion..I’ve got mine –how about equal respect.
If Walker fails..Fire hire. Thats the way life works.

JoeFan

October 21st, 2011
2:34 pm

Honestly Adam Dunn is given to much credit when it comes to hitting. He swings for the fences everytime he bats and occasionally he runs into one. Don’t really see how Walker hurt is hitting ability when it was limited to start with. Maybe father time is telling Adam his best days are in the past. The White Sox just needed someone to blame for an unfortunate free agent signing. I am sure Wren could speak to that.

kerryb

October 21st, 2011
2:35 pm

Every time anyone does a topic on a sports blog you get to see what ignorant people there are out there that know nothing of the sport.

prBrave

October 21st, 2011
2:36 pm

Hey guys. First time posting here xD Just wanted to point out some things…

-Walker was the hitting coach for Paul Konerko (superstar), AJ Pyerzinski (or however its spelled). Both guys have been very consistent with the White Sox. He also was the hitting coach for Jermaine Dye, who was good before coming to Chcago but became great after coming over. Another guy that comes to mind is Joe Crede. Crede had some solid seasons with the Sox, and then one year he is traded and…were is he now?? Finally, I give you Carlos Quentin. He was just an average player with the D-Backs. He’s traded to the Sox and BAM! Instant offensive weapon pretty much from his first season here.

-What I am trying to say is that he helped a lot of guys succeed. Yes, Beckham struggled but many, many top prospects from EVERY team fail to have the kind of success that was envisioned. As for Dunn, maybe Walker couldn’t figure his swing out, or maybe Dunn just got lazy because he got a huge contract. Who knows? In conclusion, I don’t encourage you guys to say “great hire”, but I do encourage you to think “Ok, let’s see how he does”. That is how I am looking at this move. Maybe, just maybe, we will have a great offensive year with virtually the same players. Maybe J-Hey will bounce back. We will just have to wait and see. Go Braves!!

Laughing Jack (OUT LOUD)

October 21st, 2011
2:37 pm

Extremus, the writers cannot answer your questions because they have no answers to report. They are like you have only an opinion. Most of the time we don’t even like their opinion but you got to admit the entire department is better than when Terrance Moore was on board. Remember him????

kerryb

October 21st, 2011
2:37 pm

prBrave, good post.

Cecil34

October 21st, 2011
2:38 pm

Methinks Walker was hired because the price was right……..Liberty still owns the team, fellas…..

LOL Braves

October 21st, 2011
2:40 pm

Disastrous old school hire. Don’t let the gushing old blogger fool you.

Stop the Insanity

October 21st, 2011
2:40 pm

As always, I am amazed that there are so many “experts” out there who respond to all these blogs! I would gladly wager that there are no major league ball players on this blog and I would also venture to think that there are probably only a few people who have played higher than Little league or maybe high school ball. Take a moment and read “Money Ball” and see what the book says about batting averages vs on base percentages. The Oakland A’s have been successful because they have developed a team of patient hitters who don’t go after the first pitch (ie. our shortstop Gonzalez) and they value the walk, since that is a person on base who is a potential run. Maybe Walker is that kind of hitting coach, I don’t know (since I am not an expert), but I would hope to see some more patience with the Braves – everyone included – especially most posters on this blog!

Mark

October 21st, 2011
2:41 pm

Doubtful Cecil. The Braves are just well behind the time on hitting. The organization needs an injection of youth and forward thinkers in the game

Hosea Williams

October 21st, 2011
2:42 pm

Wow, I will rush out and by season tickets now?!%@(*%

RC

October 21st, 2011
2:42 pm

Bloomberg has an AWESOME article up with lots of behind the scenes details about the Bourn trade. Wren comes out of it looking kind of like he played Ed Wade, while Wade looks like a good guy who probably could have done better if he’d been willing to backstab the Braves.

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/anatomy-of-a-baseball-trade-10202011.html

O-me

October 21st, 2011
2:42 pm

prbraves—agree . Well said.

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