Although Fredi Gonzalez and Interim GM John Hart were scheduled to meet on Wednesday for what figured to be a discussion about the future of the coaching staff, it appears that one member of that coaching staff has decided to take matters into his own hands, and that's the hitting coach. This evening, Greg Walker let the team know that he'd be stepping down as the hitting coach of the Atlanta Braves.
Braves hitting coach Greg Walker officially informed the club today that he is stepping down from his current position with the organization— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 30, 2014
One of the biggest reasons why the Braves had such a disappointing season is because the team struggled mightily at times to even get hits, much less score runs. The Braves were at or near the bottom of the National League in nearly every offensive category, including the one that matters the most: Runs scored. In addition, most of the batters on the team have either regressed at the plate while attempting new approaches (most notably Andrelton Simmons) or failed to improve at all (most notably B.J. Upton).
That type of production falls on the hitting coach, and judging by some quotes that Walker himself gave the AJC, it was clear that he knew that he had failed this season and seemed to have accepted his fate: Whether he resigned or was fired, Walker was probably not going to make it into 2015 after joining the team for the 2012 campaign. Now, his departure is official.
Once again, Fredi Gonzalez (who, once again, is somehow still safe) and the interim GM still have to meet tomorrow, so this may not be the last we hear about changes coming to the coaching staff. But for now, it appears that Greg Walker's domino is the first to fall.