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Larry Parrish hired as Atlanta Braves' hitting coach

Did the list of possible future Tigers' managers just get a little shorter, or is Larry Parrish just biding some time elsewhere for awhile?

Today, the Braves announced that Parrish -- who until that point managed the Toledo Mud Hens -- would become their hitting coach. Parrish had worked with the Tigers since 1992. He had managed Toledo since 2003, where he became the team's winningest manager with a 569-510 record.

Braves new manager Fredi Gonzalez was quoted by MLB.com:

"Larry has a great reputation in the game and came highly recommended. His background truly speaks for itself. This is an extremely hard-working group of coaches who are great communicators."

Braves GM Frank Wren added, as quoted by the Mud Hens' web site:

"Larry has a very impressive resume. As a player, coach and manager, he has demonstrated a passion for understanding and teaching the art of hitting. Larry was a very good player and has continued to excel in his coaching career."

Good for Larry. It's nice that he'll get a chance to travel with a major league club again. This opens the debate whether he should have been promoted to hitting coach of the Tigers. (And I'm sure you'll soon be having that debate in the comments!)

How to fill that opening?

Former White Caps manager Matt Walbeck was recently named the manager of the year in the Double-A Eastern League, where he managed the Altoona Curve to a title this season. Yes, managed. With a D. Past tense. The Pirates fired him.

The reason? Walbeck told the Altoona Press:

"Just that it wasn't going to be a good fit. There were some things about how I have some aspirations and [am] highly driven and words like that, but apparently it wasn't going to work out."

One door shuts, but maybe another just opened? We shall see.

Thoughts on him or any other candidates?