September 16, 2019

Washington Nationals Fire Hitting Coach Rick Eckstein

The Washington Nationals have relieved Rick Eckstein as hitting coach and promoted Rick Schu to take his place.

Eckstein took over as the Nationals’ hitting coach in September 2008 after serving as the hitting coach for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. He also served as the hitting coach on the U.S. National Team in the 2008 Olympics.

The brother of former MLB infielder David Eckstein, Rick played college ball at the University of Florida before an injury ended his career. In 1999, he served as bullpen catcher and batting practice pitcher for the Tampa Bay Devil Ray before joining the Minnesota Twins in a similar role the following year.

Prior to his role as minor-league hitting coordinator, Schu served as the hitting coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks from July 2007 until May 2009.

A former third baseman with the Philadelphia Phillies (1984-1987, 1991), Schu also enjoyed brief stints with the Baltimore Orioles (1988, 1989), Detroit Tigers (1989), California Angels (1990) and Montreal Expos (1996), as well as with the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan (1993-1994).

In late 2012, it was rumored that the Boston Red Sox had considered Schu as a hitting coach candidate.

The Nationals have a .240 team batting average, which currently ranks 13th in the National League.

NATS: Happy Birthday, Rick Eckstein (Big 4-0!)

HAPPY 40th BIRTHDAY TO WASHINGTON NATIONALS HITTING COACH, RICK ECKSTEIN!

THE BIG 4-0!

Washington Nationals’ Hitting Coach was born on 03/04/1973 in Sanford, Florida. Eckstein is starting his fifth season as batting coach. Eckstein was praised last season after helping Kurt Suzuki improve his hitting skills and increasing his batting average after joining the Nats.

Happy Birthday #4.

Washington Nationals Hitting Coach Rick Eckstein during photo day on field before game v. Colorado Rockies, July 7, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Washington Nationals Hitting Coach Rick Eckstein during photo day on field before game v. Colorado Rockies, July 7, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Bryce Harper soaking up every last bit of information from hitting coach Rick Eckstein - Los Angeles Dodgers v. Washington Nationals, Game One of Doubleheader on September 19, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Bryce Harper soaking up every last bit of information from hitting coach Rick Eckstein – Los Angeles Dodgers v. Washington Nationals, Game One of Doubleheader on September 19, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nats Hitting Coach Rick Eckstein holding relief pitcher Sean Burnett back and Ryan Zimmerman with Bryce Harper during brawl #2 - Chicago Cubs v Washington Nationals, 9/6/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nats Hitting Coach Rick Eckstein holding relief pitcher Sean Burnett back and Ryan Zimmerman with Bryce Harper during brawl #2 – Chicago Cubs v Washington Nationals, 9/6/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

 

Randy Knorr Named Nats’ Bench Coach

The Washington Nationals named Randy Knorr as the Bench Coach for the 2012 season. John McLaren was the bench coach at the start of the 2011 season. When Nats Manager Jim Riggleman resigned in mid-season in 2011,McLaren resigned his coaching position and took a scouting job within the Nats organization. Pat Corrales replaced McLaren as the interim bench coach.

The rest of Davey Johnson’s 2011 coaching staff remained intact for the 2012 season.

Field Manager – Davey Johnson
Bench Coach – Randy Knorr
Hitting Coach – Rick Eckstein
Pitching Coach – Steve McCatty
Third Base Coach – Bo Porter
First Base Coach – Trent Jewett
Bullpen Coach – Jim Lett

Randy Knorr is the new Nats Bench Coach (Stock Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Welcome back Bo Porter (Stock Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

 

Nationals Complete Press Release:

NATIONALS ANNOUNCE COACHING STAFF FOR 2012 SEASON
Randy Knorr joins Davey Johnson’s staff as bench coach

The Washington Nationals today announced that hitting coach Rick Eckstein, pitching coach Steve McCatty, third base coach Bo Porter, first base coach Trent Jewett and bullpen coach Jim Lett will return as members of manager Davey Johnson’s coaching staff for the 2012 season. The Nationals also announced that Randy Knorr will join the staff as bench coach. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Eckstein and McCatty return for their fourth seasons on Washington’s staff. Lett returns for his third season, while Porter and Jewett both return for a second consecutive year on the Nationals’ big league staff.

After retiring from a 19-year playing career in 2004, Knorr has spent the last seven seasons as either a big league coach or minor league manager in the Nationals organization.

During parts of six seasons managing in the Nationals chain, Knorr has worked with 75 percent of the players on Washington’s current 40-man roster, including: Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa, John Lannan, Drew Storen, Stephen Strasburg, Chien-Ming Wang, Ryan Zimmerman and Jordan Zimmermann.

Knorr has posted a 384-380 (.503) minor league managerial mark with winning records in three of his five full seasons as skipper. He began his career on the bench in 2005 with Savannah of the Single-A South Atlantic League.

In 2008, his final of three seasons with Single-A Potomac, Knorr skippered the Nationals to their first-ever Carolina League Championship and the first domestic title won by a Nationals affiliate since the team relocated to The District in 2005. He also managed the Scottsdale Scorpions to a 2010 Arizona Fall League Championship.

Knorr managed at Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Knorr joins Washington’s big league coaching staff for the third time. He served as Nationals bullpen coach for the final three months of the 2006 season and the entire ’09 campaign.

In 253 big league games as a catcher with Toronto (1991-95), Houston (1996-97, ‘99), Florida (1998), Texas (2000) and Montreal (2001), Knorr hit .227 with 24 home runs and 88 RBI. He earned a pair of World Series rings with the Blue Jays in 1993 and ‘94.

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