Greg Walker resigns as Atlanta Braves hitting coach


The pieces continue to fall for the Atlanta Braves, and this time it comes from hitting coach Greg Walker, who has decided to resign from his position after a lackluster (that’s being kind) offensive year from the team:

I’m not normally one to put too much (good or bad) on coaches and managers, but someone has to take the blame for the Braves offensive meltdown and of course it’s not going to be the actual players. This shouldn’t be a huge surprsie, as yesterday Walker was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, saying most of the poor hitting came from his side of things:

"“A huge disappointment would be an understatement,” Walker said Monday, a day after completing his third season on the coaching staff. “Especially when a majority of the issues came on my side of the ball. We went into the season with expectations, which we created by the season we had last year with basically the same players.“So, disappointing is … I don’t want to use another word, but it’s an understatement.”"

The Braves finished 26th in baseball with an 87 wRC+, 27th with a .296 wOBA, and 29th–ahead of just the Padres–in runs scored with 573 on the season.