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Braves hire hitting coach Seitzer from Blue Jays
Former All-Star third baseman hit .295 in 12 major league seasons
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Hitting coach Kevin Seitzer stands in the dugout on May 31 in Toronto. The Atlanta Braves have hired Seitzer from the Toronto Blue Jays to replace Greg Walker as hitting coach. - photo by Fred Thornhill

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves have hired Kevin Seitzer from the Toronto Blue Jays to replace Greg Walker as hitting coach.

Walker was assisted by Scott Fletcher this season as the Braves finished 79-83.

The 52-year-old Seitzer was the hitting coach for Arizona during part of the 2007 season, for Kansas City from 2009-12 and for the Blue Jays this past season. The former All-Star third baseman hit .295 in 12 major league seasons with the Royals, Milwaukee, Oakland and Cleveland.

Walker resigned after the Braves finished 14th among National League teams, ahead of only San Diego, in runs scored. Fletcher and third base coach Doug Dascenzo also are not returning.

The Braves announced Thursday that John Hart has agreed to a three-year deal as president of baseball operations.

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