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Former Baron Greg Norton hired as Auburn hitting coach

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Auburn's new hitting coach has over a decade of major league experience.

Thirteen year MLB veteran Greg Norton will join head coach Sunny Golloway's staff.

"As soon as Greg announced his retirement from major league baseball, I began seeking him to be a part of my coaching staff," Golloway said. "He is a great teacher of the game of baseball, and more specifically hitting. As I sought out his expertise in this hiring process, it became apparent that he had the desire to tutor collegiate hitters."

Norton retired as a player after the 2009 season and joined the Miami Marlins organization as a coach. He spent the two seasons with the New Orleans Zephyrs, the Marlins Triple-A affiliate, as both the hitting coach and manager.

Last season Norton was the Marlins minor league hitting coordinator.

Norton was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the second round of the 1993 draft. He spent part of two seasons (1995, 1996) in Birmingham with the Barons.

He made his major league debut with the White Sox on August 18, 1996.

Norton also played for the Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays, Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves.

In 1,107 big-league games, Norton hit .249 with 89 home runs and 338 RBI.