Braves replace Runge with Matt Walbeck

The Braves have named a new manager for their Low-A affiliate in Rome.

The Braves have named former big league catcher Matt Walbeck as the new manager for the Rome Braves, replacing Paul Runge.

Runge, who managed in Danville the last few seasons, left the Atlanta organization in December to join Houston as their field coordinator.

Walbeck managed the Altoona Curve to the Eastern League championship last season. He was also named as the Eastern League's Manager of the Year.

A former big league catcher from 1993 through 2003, Walbeck played for the Cubs, Twins, Tigers, and Angels. He joined the Tigers as a minor league manager in the 2004 season.

Walbeck was the Midwest League's Manager of the Year in 2006. In 2007 Walbeck was the third base coach for the Texas Rangers.

Derrick Lewis will be the pitching coach in Rome, while Carlos Mendez will be the hitting coach.

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