Seitzer set to become the Braves hitting coach

Kevin Seitzer  has been hired to serve as the Braves hitting coach. The club could make an official announcement on Monday.

Seitzer spent this past season as the Blue Jays hitting coach. The former All-Star third baseman will fill a vacancy that was created when Greg Walker resigned as Atlanta’s hitting coach at the conclusion of this past season.

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said last week that he would like to continue using two hitting coaches like the club did the past two years with Walker and recently-dismissed assistant hitting coach Scott Fletcher. It has not been revealed who might fill the role Fletcher previously held.

Before being hired by the Blue Jays around this same time last year, Seitzer served as the Royals hitting coach from 2009-12. He also served in this same capacity for the D-backs during the 2006 season and the first half of the 2007 campaign.

Seitzer has ties to both Hart and Braves president John Schuerholz. He concluded his career with the Indians, while Hart was serving as Cleveland’s general manager, and made his Major League debut in 1986 with the Royals while Schuerholz was serving as Kansas City’s GM.

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