The familiar white mustache of a former Atlanta Braves player and coach took its place in the first base coach’s box at Lake Olmstead Stadium this weekend.
Glenn Hubbard, who played 10 years for the Braves and coached many more in the organization, is in his first season as bench and first base coach for the Lexington Legends, the Class-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Hubbard was first base coach under former long-time Braves manager Bobby Cox. When Cox retired after 2010, Hubbard was not offered a position on current manager Fredi Gonzalez’s staff.
He was hired by former Braves assistant general manager Dayton Moore, now general manager of the Royals, to be a roving instructor. He held that role for three years before taking a steadier position with Lexington this season.
“I like A-ball,” Hubbard said. “Low A-ball is the best place for a coach. It’s the absolute best. It’s all about player development.”
Hubbard was known for strong defense and contact ability during a decade-long stretch as second baseman for the Braves from 1978-1987. He’s now using that defensive knowledge to teach Royals minor league infielders, including talented Legends shortstop Humberto Arteaga.
“I was just talking to the young (Arteaga) there,” Hubbard said after Friday’s pre-game drills. “At the end of this year, you have to be ready to play high A-ball or Double-A. You’re going to make errors, but the mental mistakes you have to clear up.”
The 56-year-old Hubbard said he enjoyed his time with the Braves, but he’s now focused on the Royals.
He said he’s excited about the state of the Kansas City minor league system, and how Moore is currently focused on pitching and defense to build the organization.
“It’s an up-and-coming organization. We’re working on it,” Hubbard said. “I’m in a good spot. I’m right where I need to be right now.”