Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Monday, August 30, 2021

Pirates fire hitting coach Rick Eckstein

The Pittsburgh Pirates fired hitting coach Rick Eckstein, the team announced Monday.

“This was a difficult decision as we have a great deal of respect for Rick,” general manager Ben Cherington said in a statement. “Making the decision now gives us the opportunity to use the rest of the season to focus on improvements in our hitting program while also starting the process of looking for a replacement. We wish Rick all the best moving forward.”

Eckstein, 48, had been with the team for most of three seasons. He was hired in November 2018 after previous stints with the Angels and Nationals.

Through Sunday, the Pirates had hit only 101 home runs this season, 16 fewer than any other major-league team. They also rank last in OPS (.665) and 27th in batting average (.233).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 30, 2021 at 11:12 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: pirates, rick eckstein

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Walt Davis Posted: August 30, 2021 at 05:00 PM (#6037227)
When I first saw the headline at ESPN, which dropped his first name, I natuarlly wondered why anybody would hire David Eckstein as hitting coach.
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: August 30, 2021 at 05:13 PM (#6037232)

When I first saw the headline at ESPN, which dropped his first name, I natuarlly wondered why anybody would hire David Eckstein as hitting coach.


I'm going to go out on a limb and guess he was a much better hitter than Rick Eckstein.
   3. The Honorable Ardo Posted: August 30, 2021 at 09:52 PM (#6037309)
Rick Eckstein, for those unaware, is David Eckstein's older brother.

Per B-R Bullpen, "Eckstein played college ball at Seminole Community College and the University of Florida before an injury ended his career." Anyone able to dig up his collegiate hitting statistics?
   4. Russ Posted: August 31, 2021 at 10:49 AM (#6037378)
I see that we've moved on from the "It's the players" phase of the Perpetual Pirate Rebuild Motion Machine to the "It's the coaches" phase. Next year will be the "It's the GM and team president" phase (again) only to start over in two years with the players again. Like Groundhog Day, but without Bill Murray and the groundhog and way less funny.
   5. The Duke Posted: August 31, 2021 at 11:28 AM (#6037383)
Preller called the Pirates and said I need to fire a hitting coach, can I fire yours ?

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama
for his generous support.

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogAdley Rutschman, MLB's No. 1 prospect, called up to O's
(27 - 10:13am, May 23)
Last: Ithaca2323

NewsblogYankees, White Sox benches clear after Josh Donaldson calls Tim Anderson 'Jackie' Robinson
(44 - 10:06am, May 23)
Last: .

NewsblogWEEKEND OMNICHATTER for May 20-22, 2022
(120 - 9:59am, May 23)
Last: The Duke

NewsblogZach Davies’ estranged wife says MLB pitcher ghosted her for a year
(57 - 9:53am, May 23)
Last: manchestermets

NewsblogFormer Giants fan-favorite infielder Joe Panik retires from MLB
(13 - 9:14am, May 23)
Last: Mefisto

NewsblogJOEY VOTTO IS THE GREATEST REDS PLAYER OF ALL TIME
(6 - 8:50am, May 23)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogSports teams love crypto. What happens when their sponsor strikes out?
(12 - 8:35am, May 23)
Last: AuntBea odeurs de parfum de distance sociale

Newsblog2022 NBA Playoffs thread
(1721 - 8:03am, May 23)
Last: Cagerfan

NewsblogJuan Soto trade rumors: Nationals may be 'motivated' to trade outfielder
(57 - 5:51am, May 23)
Last: Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama

NewsblogSeattle Mariners sign Justin Upton
(14 - 12:33am, May 23)
Last: bookbook

NewsblogOT Soccer Thread - Crowning Champions and Pro-Rel
(156 - 10:52pm, May 22)
Last: AuntBea odeurs de parfum de distance sociale

NewsblogRoger Angell, Who Wrote About Baseball With Passion, Dies at 101
(52 - 10:48pm, May 22)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

Sox TherapyOne Step Forward
(18 - 4:59pm, May 22)
Last: Captain Joe Bivens, Pointless and Wonderful

NewsblogNew York Mets' Max Scherzer out 6-8 weeks with oblique strain
(16 - 12:25pm, May 21)
Last: nick swisher hygiene

NewsblogSports Venues Create Quiet Refuge for Fans with Sensory Needs
(2 - 7:23pm, May 20)
Last: AndrewJ

Page rendered in 0.2746 seconds
45 querie(s) executed