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ATLANTA (AP) _ The Atlanta Braves hired Otis Nixon as coordinator of baserunning and bunting on Wednesday.

Nixon, who holds the Braves' single-season record for stolen bases with 72 in 1991, served as a special instructor in Atlanta's spring training camp last season and was a part-time instructor in the Braves' farm system during the regular season.

The 43-year-old Nixon stole 620 bases, 17th on baseball's career list, in a 17-year major league career with nine teams from 1983-99. He played for the Braves from 1991-93 and again in 1999.