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Braves hire Greg Walker as new hitting coach

Greg Walker, Jerry Reinsdorf

Chicago White Sox batting coach Greg Walker, left, watches batting practice with Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf before a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Monday, June 6, 2011 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


Greg Walker stepped down as the White Sox’s hitting coach immediately after the season and it didn’t take him long to find a new gig, with Bob Nightengale of USA Today reporting that Walker has agreed to become the Braves’ new hitting coach.

Walker also interviewed for the Padres’ job, but given how frequently San Diego has cycled through hitting coaches since moving into Petco Park he’s probably better off in Atlanta.

Walker generally has a solid reputation among players and media members, but the White Sox finished 10th or worse among AL teams in scoring three times in the past five seasons. Atlanta fired hitting coach Larry Parrish last month after finishing 10th among NL teams in scoring this season.