McGriff, Walker hired as special assistants

Ex-Braves slugger Fred McGriff and former Braves hitting coach Greg Walker have been hired as special assistants in the team’s baseball operations department.

McGriff, 51, hit .284 with 493 home runs and a .377 on-base percentage in 19 seasons, including parts of five seasons with the Braves through 1997. The five-time All-Star first baseman will attend Braves spring training as an instructor and then focus primarily on pro scouting during the regular season.

McGriff was a consultant with the Blue Jays in 2014 and served as a part-time instructor at several previous Braves spring trainings.

Walker served three seasons as Braves hitting coach before stepping down in October. In his new role he’ll work with the Braves’ minor league hitters at spring training and traveling to work with hitters at some of the organization’s minor league affiliates during the season.

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