The Atlanta Braves have finalized the club’s coaching staff for the 2018 season, the team has formally announced.
Most notable among the additions is that of new bench coach Walt Weiss. An All-Star shortstop with the Braves in 1998, Weiss retired in 2000 and assumed an advisory role with the Colorado Rockies two years later. He held that position until 2008, at which point he briefly retired to spend more time with his family. Weiss was named varsity baseball coach for Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado shortly thereafter, and finally became the Rockies manager in 2012. He accrued a 283-365 record with the club over four seasons before stepping down on October 3, 2016.
Joining Weiss and on Atlanta’s revamped staff are first base and outfield coach Eric Young Sr. and catching coach Sal Fasano. Former bench coach Terry Pendleton and first base coach Eddie Perez have been offered alternative roles within the organization.
The Braves are coming off yet another disappointing season. Atlanta went just 72-90 in 2017, which actually registered as an improvement compared to their records compiled over each of the previous two seasons. Once a perennial power in the National League, Atlanta hasn’t made the playoffs since 2013. More dispiriting? The team hasn’t won a playoff series since 2001.
Last month, Braves general manager John Coppolella resigned amid an ongoing investigation by Major League Baseball into rules violations of the international player market. President of baseball operations John Hart immediately took over as interim general manager, hoping to guide his team through an unprecedented time of on-field struggles and off-field controversy.
On October 5, the Braves announced that incumbent manager Brian Snitker would remain with the team through 2018.