Braves Announce 2018 Coaching Staff

The Atlanta Braves have named their coaching staff for the 2018 season, led by the additions of Walt Weiss as bench coach, Eric Young Sr. as first base and outfield coach and Sal Fasano as catching coach. Former bench coach Terry Pendleton and first base coach Eddie Perez have both been offered positions within the organization.

Hitting coach Kevin Seitzer and assistant hitting coach Jose Castro will each return for their fourth season on the Braves staff, while bullpen coach Marty Reed will return for his third campaign. Pitching coach Chuck Hernandez and third base coach Ron Washington will return for their second season on manager Brian Snitker's staff. 

Weiss, 53, most recently spent four seasons (2013-16) as Colorado's manager, combining to go 283-365 (.437) with the Rockies. He moved to the bench from 2002-08 after serving with Colorado as a special assistant to the general manager for seven seasons. As a special assistant, Weiss supported the major league coaching staff and also spent time working in the organizations' player development system.

In between his roles with Colorado, Weiss was an assistant coach (2009-11) and head coach (2012) at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colo. He also served as an assistant football coach at Regis for three seasons.

A veteran of 14 major league seasons as a player, Weiss made his major league debut with Oakland in 1987. The shortstop won the American League Rookie of the Year award the following season before helping the Athletics win the World Series in 1989. He played with Oakland through 1992, before joining Florida in 1993 for one season. He then played four seasons with Colorado through 1997, before finishing his career with the Braves from 1998-2000. He went to his lone All-Star Game in his first season with Atlanta.

A career .258 hitter, Weiss appeared in 1,495 games at the major league level, with 1462 of them coming at shortstop. He appeared in three World Series, including the 1999 Series with Atlanta. Weiss played for two Hall-of-Fame managers in Tony La Russa in Oakland and Bobby Cox in Atlanta.

A native of Tuxedo, N.Y., Weiss was drafted 11th overall by Oakland in the 1985 draft out of the University of North Carolina.

Young, 50, worked on Weiss' Colorado staff for three seasons, serving as the club's first base coach and overseeing outfield and base-running instruction from 2014-16. Prior to joining the Rockies staff, Young served two seasons as Arizona's first base coach. He made his coaching debut in 2010 with Houston, working as the organization's minor league outfield and base-running instructor.

Young played in the majors for 15 seasons, finishing with a .283 (1,731-6,119) career average in 1,730 games for seven different teams. He made his MLB debut in 1992 with the Dodgers before Colorado selected him in the 11th round of the Expansion Draft later that year. A second baseman and outfielder, Young went to his lone All-Star game in 1996, while also winning the Silver Slugger award that season after finishing with a .324 average, 113 runs and a NL-high 53 stolen bases. From his debut season in 1992 through his final MLB season in 2006, Young stole 465 bases, the second most in the majors.

Young's son, Eric Jr., has played for five different teams over a nine-year career. Eric Jr. played 35 games with Atlanta in 2015.

Originally a 43rd-round draft choice of Los Angeles (NL) out of Rutgers University in 1989, Young also worked as an in-studio analyst for ESPN's Baseball Tonight from 2007-09.

Fasano, 46, spent this past season in the Los Angeles Angels' system, managing Double-A Mobile of the Southern League.

Fasano worked as Toronto's minor league pitching coordinator from 2015-16, following two seasons as the organization's minor league catching coordinator in 2013-14. He began his coaching career in 2010 with Toronto's Single-A Lansing club before moving to Double-A New Hampshire for the next two seasons. Fasano led the Fisher Cats to the Eastern League title in 2011, while also winning Eastern League Manager of the Year honors.

The native of Chicago, Ill., played 16 professional seasons, including 11 in the majors with nine different teams. Originally a 37th-round draft choice of Kansas City in 1993, Fasano made his debut three years later with the Royals. He joined Oakland in 2000 before spending 2001 with the Athletics, Royals and Colorado Rockies. He also played with Anaheim (2002), Baltimore (2005), Philadelphia (2006), New York-AL (2006), Toronto (2007) and Cleveland (2008). He also spent parts of the 2008 season with Atlanta's Triple-A club in Richmond. A .221 career hitter, Fasano appeared in 427 major league games, with 415 of them coming behind the plate.