Washington Nationals Fire Hitting Coach
With the Washington Nationals ranked one of the lowest-scoring offenses in the entire major league, the firing of hitting coach Rick Eckstein this afternoon was no surprise. Although manager Davey Johnson was supposedly against the idea of firing Eckstein, the Nationals have hired minor league hitting instructor Rick Schu as the replacement.
Showing some of the worst stats in all of major league this season and a 48-50 record, the hiring of Schu is in hopes to pull the Nationals out of their season long slump. The Nationals rank 29th in the MLB for scoring. They have only scored 24 in their last 10 and coming off their three-game sweep to the Dodgers at home, it was a matter of time before someone was let go of their position at Nationals Park.
Schu, a former major leaguer and now former Nats minor league hitting instructor, has high hopes with his new promotion. With his pre-existing ties to players like Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon, and Steve Lombardozzi it is expected that Schu will be a major asset to the National’s failing offense this season.
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