Last year's offensive nightmare was far from Greg Walker's fault, but to avoid any controversy Walker resigned as hitting coach following the 2014 season. But thankfully, the Braves have brought him back to join the staff.
Walker will work with some of the Braves minor leaguers during spring training and then travel to the minor league affiliates during the season. He served three seasons (2012-2014) as Atlanta's minor league hitting coach.
The fact Walker is remaining in the organization speaks volumes about how he is viewed by the front office and the rest of the staff. Walker, who still lives near his hometown of Douglas, Georgia, had expressed a desire to remain with the organization.
Also 'coming back' to the Braves is former first baseman Fred McGriff, who has spent time in the past as a spring training instructor. McGriff spent parts of five seasons (1993-1997) with the Braves and was on the World Series winning in 1995.
McGriff will be a spring training instructor and then during the regular season focus on Pro Scouting. McGriff spent last year as an adviser to the Toronto Blue Jays. He also spent several seasons in the Tampa Bay organization.
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