Former Foxes first baseman rejoins Braves

The Atlanta Braves announced Monday that they added a pair of former big-league first basemen as special assistants, including one who played in the Midwest League.

Both have previous connections to the Braves. Fred McGriff was the team’s first baseman from 1993 to 1997, including when Atlanta won the World Series in 1995. Greg Walker served as the team’s hitting coach the past three seasons, but resigned after the 2014 season.

Both men will serve as instructors during spring training. Afterward, McGriff will serve as a scout and Walker will be a roving instructor in the Braves minor-league system.

Although he was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies, Walker played the majority of his major-league career with the Chicago White Sox. After the White Sox claimed him in the 1979 Rule 5 draft, Walker spent the 1980 season playing first base for the Midwest League’s Appleton Foxes (now known as the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers). He batted .280 with 21 HR and 98 RBI in 135 games.

The cover of the Appleton Foxes souvenir program in 1980, the year Greg Walker played for the team. (From the Rattler Radio blog)

The cover of the Appleton Foxes souvenir program in 1980, the year Greg Walker played for the team. (From the Rattler Radio blog)

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