The 2018 season marks Kevin Seitzer's fourth on the Braves' coaching staff...He previously served as the hitting coach for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014.
Seitzer served as the hitting coach for the Kansas City Royals for four seasons (2009-12) and the Arizona Diamondbacks for one season (2007).
Under Seitzer's guidance, the Braves' team batting average has improved each of the last three seasons...In 2017, the club batted .263, the sixth-best mark in the majors...The team also hit 163 home runs, the most since the 2013 club finished with 181...The Braves also struck out 1,184 times, the fewest in the NL.
In 2016, the club's season batting average went up from .251 to .255, including a .277 mark after the All-Star break, which was good for third in the National League...Atlanta's 342 runs scored after the All-Star break led the NL East and ranked fifth in league.
The Braves' team batting average jumped 10 points from 2014 to 2015 (.241 to .251)...The 2015 Braves led the National League with a rate of per 5.45 plate appearances per strikeout, compared to 4.43 PA/K in 2014 (13th in NL).
Seitzer enjoyed a 12-year Major League career as a third baseman and first baseman with the Royals (1986-91), Milwaukee Brewers (1992, '93-96), Oakland Athletics (1993) and Cleveland Indians (1996-97).
He compiled a lifetime batting average of .295, with 285 doubles, 35 triples, 75 home runs and 613 RBI, while hitting .300-or-better in seven different seasons.
A two-time American League All-Star (1987 and 1995), he finished second in the 1987 AL. Rookie of the Year balloting to Mark McGwire.
Seitzer holds the Royals rookie records for hits (207) and walks (80) and his hit total led the league that season as well.
Seitzer made his Major League debut with the Royals on September 3, 1986, against the Chicago White Sox.
He had six hits in a game on August 2, 1987 vs. Boston.
He appeared in the postseason twice with Cleveland, in 1996 and '97, including a World Series trip with the Tribe in 1997.
Seitzer grew up in Lincoln, Ill., and he attended Eastern Illinois University before being selected by the Royals in the 11th round of the 1983 draft.
At Eastern Illinois, Seitzer notched a career .418 batting average...He hit over .400 in each of his three seasons at EIU, playing one season at NCAA Division II and two seasons at NCAA Division I.
As a freshman, he helped the Panthers finish as the NCAA Division II National Runner-Up, being named to the All-Tournament team.
He ended his EIU playing days as the career leader in hits, doubles and batting average.
Seitzer's EIU uniform No. 2 was retired by the school on October 13, 2012, and he was also honored as a Distinguished Alumnus.
He earned his degree from EIU in 1985.
Kevin and his wife Beth reside in Leawood, Kan... They have four children.
Two of his sons have played professionally...Nick (Graffeo) played in the Royals system and Cam is currently in the White Sox system.
Along with former teammate Mike Macfarlane, Seitzer owns and operates Mac-N-Seitz baseball and softball training facility in Kansas City.