Braves hitting coach Greg Walker resigns

ATLANTA, Ga. - Atlanta Braves hitting coach Greg Walker officially informed the club today that he is stepping down from his current position with the organization. 

"I grew up in South Georgia and have been a Braves fan my whole life," Walker said. "It has truly been an honor to work the past three seasons with this great organization. However, this past weekend I informed (Braves manager) Fredi Gonzalez of me desire to step away. I have made many new friends here and have worked with some special people. I am grateful for the opportunity they gave me."

Walker resigns after three seasons as Atlanta's hitting coach. He previously served as the hitting coach for the Chicago White Sox from May 2003 through the 2011 season.

"Greg is a man of great character, integrity and work ethic and is a true 'baseball man,'" Braves interim general manager John Hart said. "We thank him for his passion and dedication, and wish him well."

Added manager Fredi Gonzalez: "I think the world of Greg Walker. He and I have talked about this several times recently and I respect his decision and wish him nothing but the best."