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Braves end search, hire Walker as new hitting coach

The Braves hired Greg Walker, who held the same position with the 2003 White Sox, as their hitting coach on Friday.

The Braves hired Greg Walker, who held the same position with the 2003 White Sox, as their hitting coach on Friday.

ATLANTA -- Atlanta general manager Frank Wren made the announcement Friday that the Braves hired Greg Walker as their hitting coach, ending a 3-1/2-week process to replace Larry Parrish.

Walker, the Braves' third hitting coach in three seasons, worked in the same capacity since 2003 with the Chicago White Sox. First baseman Paul Konerko routinely praised Walker for helping him revive his career as a slugger.

But Walker didn't fare well this year with high-priced designated hitter Adam Dunn, who posted career lows.

Parrish's one season ended with the Braves falling from first in NL on-base percentage in 2010 to 14th. Hitting woes contributed to Atlanta blowing an 8-1/2-game wild card lead in September.

Right fielder Jason Heyward, whose numbers dropped off dramatically last season, will be one of Walker's early projects.