Nationals dismiss Eckstein, name Schu hitting coach
Summary of 5 articles · Updated Jul 23, 2013
Schu said he understood what Eckstein was going through. Before coming to the Nationals, Schu spent parts of four seasons as Arizona's hitting coach. The move is a bit surprising, as general manager Mike Rizzo said as recently as last month that he hadn't considered getting rid of Eckstein. The Nats who are 2-8 in their last 10 games and fresh off a three-game sweep by the Dodgers promoted Rick Schu as their new hitting coach. As Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post notes, Johnson had been standing behind Eckstein, who is the older brother of former major leaguer David Eckstein: It was "World Series or Bust" coming into this season for manager Davey Johnson and his Washington Nationals. He's been the organization's minor league hitting coordinator for four seasons. When it did, I'm going to do what the organization asked me to do, whether it's hanging out in the Gulf Coast League, Triple-A or come to the big leagues, wherever Rizzo needs me."