The Atlanta Braves have reportedly concluded their search for a new hitting coach, according to Mark Bowman. The beat writer says the team will introduce Greg Walker Friday afternoon. The former Chicago White Sox coach is the only interviewee whose name has been reported throughout the process, as far as we're aware.
Walker produced a respectable stat line as a major league hitter in his day:
Walker played 9 seasons in the majors (8 with White Sox, 1 with Baltimore) with a .260 career batting average and 113 home runs. In 1987, Walker posted a career high in home runs (27) and RBIs (94) with Chicago.
And our own Talking Chop commented on the potential hire's convenient name:
Also, I know I've said that the Braves need to hire a hitting coach who will teach more patience at the plate, but simply going after someone named Walker doesn't necessarily guarantee a new approach. Of course, it's better than someone named Hack Wilson or Infield-Pop-Out Johnson.