The Atlanta Braves continue to search for a replacement for Chuck Hernandez as the team’s pitching coach but the process is close to completion according to a report by The Athletic’s David O’Brien. A name to keep an eye on is former Phillies pitching coach Rick Kranitz who, according to O’Brien, will be getting a second interview with Atlanta.
#Braves are nearing completion of pitching-coach search and candidates include former Phillies PC Rick Kranitz, who's getting a 2nd interview w/ ATL. He was let go 2 weeks ago by Phillies, a move that surprised many observers, given improvement of PHI pitchers inc. Aaron Nola.— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) November 29, 2018
The Braves elected not to bring back Hernandez who was in his second season as the team’s pitching coach. Another candidate to replace Hernandez could be former Reds manager Bryan Price who made his mark as a pitching coach before ascending to the top spot in Cincinnati’s dugout.
There is still no time frame for when a hiring might be announced but if they are down to giving second interviews to candidates then the process is moving along and we should be hearing something soon. Perhaps even by the start of the Winter Meetings which will be held in Las Vegas on December 9-13.