Posted: 6:40 pm Monday, March 10th, 2014

HoRamirez hired as coaching asst.; Braves trade for Stewart 

By David O'Brien

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Former Braves pitcher Horacio Ramirez has been hired as a coaching assistant in a new position created in response to the expanded new replay system being introduced in the majors this season. During games, he will watch games on monitors in the clubhouse and call the dugout to let Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez know when he should challenge a reviewable umpiring decision.

By hiring Ramirez for the position, the Braves also have a left-hander who can throw batting practice and assist with other on-field duties before all games.

“I think it’s a great (hire),” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. “We’ve been kicking this around, this (position), ever since the replay stuff came out…. He’s a guy that’s been in our organization. Tremendous guy, and a guy that wants to get into the coaching end of it a little bit. He can shadow (pitching coach) Roger (McDowell), help Roger with the pitching and all that kind of stuff. I think he was a great choice for us.

“We had him with a walkie-talkie today, we had him in here, going back and forth, trying to get that communication down.”

Ramirez, 34, went 40-35 with a 4.65 ERA in eight major league seasons, including 30-22 with a 4.13 ERA in four seasons with the Braves. He last pitched in the majors with the Angels in 2011, and pitched in Mexico last season.

Selected by the Braves in the fifth round of the 1997 draft out of Inglewood (Calif.) High School, Ramirez played parts of 10 professionaly seasons in the Braves organization. As a Braves rookie in 2003, he went 12-4 with a 4.00 ERA in 29 starts.

Stewart trade: The Braves added some depth by getting well-traveled right-hander Zach Stewart from the White Sox in exchange for cash considerations. Stewart, 27, was 6-14 with a 4.25 ERA in 28 starts in Triple-A last season and wasn’t on the White Sox’ 40-man roster. He’ll likely be assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett. He went 3-10 with a 6.82 ERA in 33 major league games (14 starts) in 2011-2012 with the Blue Jays, White Sox and Red Sox.

5 comments
SaveAmericaFromItself
SaveAmericaFromItself

"He went 3-10 with a 6.82 ERA in 33 major league games (14 starts) in 2011-2012 with the Blue Jays, White Sox and Red Sox."

Perhaps he can throw BP to Uggla and BJ.

Redfin
Redfin

Look at it this way,  Maybe they'll get the injury bug out of the way early in the season and be healthy at the end of the year.

BravesFan1966
BravesFan1966

Well, that's it.  Print the playoff tickets.  They Braves get a stinking pitcher with a huge loss record and an ERA higher than the national debt.  Some move.  When you get any player for cash or a player to be named later, it is basically some guy waiting to get released by his team.  This guy will be nothing for the Braves.  A minor league loser at best.  Heck, his minor league records are horrible.  6-10 and 4.25 in minors and a MLB record of 3-10 and 6.83 ERA!!!!  Goof grief.  Just keep Freddie if this is the best they can come up with.  If Minor is late coming back and they lose Medlin and Beachy, this team is done.  No pitching at all.  A starting staff of young, inexperienced, few MLB innings.  Hello Mets and Phillies, we're gonna battle you for 5th place.

myatl
myatl

A few years ago I ran into him at a shopping mall located in a small suburban area from Cali. I recognized him and we made an eye contact and it was a pretty awkward moment for both of us lol. good luck Horacio!

WolfLink22
WolfLink22

Hopefully Stewart can impove with us and get a bullpen spot down the line. As for Horacio Ramirez this is an ok thing even for a guy his age.