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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
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   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 ?

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