Braves hire Greg Walker as hitting coach
Left with a sour taste in their mouths after an 8-18 finish and hitting a cumulative .235 in the seasons final month, the Braves parted ways with Lance Parrish after just one season as Atlanta's hitting coach.
But before the World Series had hit the American League ballpark for game three, the Braves made a move, picking up former Chicago White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker.
Walker had been with the White Sox since 2003 and was a part of the 2005 World Series Champion coaching staff, the ChiSox first title since 1917, a span of 88 years.
With the departure of Ozzie Guillen to Florida after a disappointing year on the South Side, Walker made his exit and took the same position with the Braves, much closer to his Douglas, Ga. home.
While he may not have helped Adam Dunn in the way many had hoped, former Brave prospect Tyler Flowers spoke highly of Walker's work ethic.
"(Walker) works hard," Flowers said. "If you want to hit late or early, he's there for you. I think it's going to be a good move for the Braves"
Walker played parts of nine seasons in the MLB as a first baseman and designated hitter before retiring with a .260 average, hitting 113 HRs in 3,177 PAs, knocking in 444 runs in 855 games. He played eight seasons in a White Sox uniform before spending his final MLB season in Baltimore.
The move, in all hopes, looks to be a positive one for the Braves, who after leading the NL with a .339 on-base percentage in 2010, Terry Pendelton's final year as hitting coach, dropped to 14th (.308).
Pendelton, who earned a batting title, the MVP and the Comeback Player of the Year in 1991, was shifted to a first-base coach after Fredi Gonzalez chose to give bring Parrish in as hitting coach.
Pendleton was a key member of the '91 Braves who went from worst-to-first before falling to the Minnesota Twins in the seventh game of the World Series.