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Atlanta Braves Hire New Minor League Coaches

October 18th, 2011 at 11:28 PM
By Jonathan McCullough

The Atlanta Braves made several new additions and adjustments to the minor league coaching staff on Tuesday.

The Braves hired Don Long, former Pittsburgh Pirates hitting coach, as the minor league hitting coordinator. Long served as the Pirates' hitting coach from 2008-2010 after working for the Philadelphia Phillies for eight seasons as their minor league hitting coordinator.

Aaron Holbert was named the new manager in Double-A Mississippi. He served as a minor league manager in the Cleveland Indians' farm system for the last four seasons. 

Luis Lopez, a minor league hitting coach for the Boston Red Sox for the past four seasons, will now serve as the Braves' minor league fielding coordinator. 

Lastly, Doug Dascenzo will serve as the Braves' outfield and baserunning coordinator after 13 years in the Padres' system.

As for the in-house adjustments, Dave Brundage and Luis Salazar will remain in their respective managerial positions in Triple-A Gwinnett and Single-A Lynchburg. Randy Ingle will now manage in low Single-A Rome after managing the Danville rookie team last season.

Jonathan Schuerholz will now manage the Danville rookie team after spending last season managing the Gulf Coast League Braves. Finally, Rocket Wheeler will manage the Gulf Coast team after managing in Double-A Mississippi last year.


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