The 2017 campaign will mark Chuck Hernández's second with the Braves organization and his first as the club's Major League pitching coach...It will also mark his 32nd season in a coaching capacity.
He served as the Braves' minor league roving pitching coordinator in 2016.
Hernández, 56, joined the organization in 2016 after spending the previous three seasons (2013-15) as the Major League pitching coach with the Miami Marlins, where he guided the staff to its two best single-season ERA finishes in franchise history in 2013 (3.71) and 2014 (3.78).
Returned to the MLB coaching ranks in 2013 after spending the previous two seasons (2011-12) as an assistant coach at the University of South Florida
Served as pitching coach for the GCL Phillies in the 2010 season and helped guide the Club to a 3.44 team ERA and a GCL Championship.
Spent the 2009 campaign as bullpen coach for the Cleveland Indians.
From 2006 to '08, he served as pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers, a role that saw him handle a staff that included AL Rookie of the Year Justin Verlander in 2006...In his first season, saw the pitching staff compile a 3.84 ERA and helped the club to the 2006 World Series (lost 4-1 to St. Louis).
On staff with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for nine seasons, holding the position of Major League pitching coach in 2004 and 2005, and serving as a coach in the Rays' minor league system from 1997-2003.
Spent 11 seasons (1986-96) as a Major and Minor League coach with the California Angels, serving time with Single-A Palm Springs (1986), Double-A Midland (1987), and Triple-A Edmonton (1988-90)...Also served as a roving pitcher instructor in 1991...Joined the Major League staff in 1992 and was named as pitching coach at just 31 years of age. He remained with the club through 1996.
Began his minor league coaching career in 1985 with the Gulf Coast White Sox.
Drafted by the Oakland A's in the 28th round of the 1978 June free agent draft but did not sign. The following season, was selected in the first round (25th overall) by the New York Yankees out of Hillsborough Community College (FL). Playing career ended in 1983 after five seasons.
Hernández and his wife Donna have two sons, CJ and Cody, and reside in Tampa, Fla