Braves Replace Baylor

Merv Rettenmund was hired Tuesday as the Atlanta Braves' hitting coach, replacing Don Baylor, the new manager of the Chicago Cubs.

Rettenmund, 56, was hitting coach of the San Diego Padres for the last nine seasons.

Prior to joining the Padres, he was hitting coach and roving hitting instructor for the Oakland Athletics. He also was hitting coach for the Texas Rangers from 1983-85 and a coach in the Anaheim Angels organization from 1980-82.

Rettenmund, an outfielder, spent 13 seasons in the majors with the Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Padres and Angels.

Baylor was hired last season as the Braves' hitting coach after being fired as manager of the Colorado Rockies. He was hired by the Cubs on Nov. 1.

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