Braves to hire Kevin Seitzer as hitting coach

The Braves have a new hitting coach as Kevin Seitzer is set to join Fredi Gonzalez's staff.

The Braves have hired Kevin Seitzer as their new hitting coach. Seitzer will replace Greg Walker, who resigned at the end of the 2014 season.

Seitzer comes to the Braves from the Toronto Blue Jays, where he spent one season as their hitting coach. The Blue Jays finished tied for fifth in the big leagues with a .259 team batting average, third with 177 home runs and sixth in on base percentage with a .323 mark.

The 52-year-old Seitzer spent four seasons as the hitting coach for the Royals, who fired him at the end of the 2013 season. Before that Seitzer spent one-half season as the Diamondbacks’ hitting coach in 2007.

Seitzer played in the majors for 12 seasons, mostly with the Royals (1986-1991). He also spent time with the Brewers (1992, 1993-1996), Athletics (1993) and Indians (1996-1997).

Braves president John Schuerholz was the GM of the Royals when Seitzer started his career in Kansas City. Then when Seitzer ended his career with the Indians, John Hart was their GM. So there are two big ties right there to the Braves for Seitzer.

Seitzer was a .295 career hitter and had 1557 hits. He hit 74 home runs, with 15 being his highest total in his second-full season. Seitzer appeared in two All-Star games, in 1987 and 1995.

Seitzer will be charged with helping get several Atlanta players on track, particularly outfielder B.J. Upton if Upton is back with the Braves in 2015.

The Braves are also expected to hire an assistant to Seitzer to replace Scott Fletcher, who was fired after the season.

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