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Rick Eckstein #57

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Full Name:
Rick Eckstein
Uniform #:
57

Graduated from the University of Florida in 1997 with a degree in Health and Human Performance...Had playing career end due to injury at UF in 1996...Was a teammate with his brother and former Angel David Eckstein...Transferred to University of Florida from Seminole (FL) Community College...Graduated from Seminole (FL) High School in 1991, playing baseball and golf during his prep years...Involved with the National Kidney Foundation...Donated kidney to brother Ken in December 2010.Joins the Angels as Player Information Coach after spending the previous five seasons (2009-2013) with the Washington Nationals as the club's hitting coach...Spent a portion of the 2013 season as the Nationals hitting coach...In 2012, Washington's offense ranked in the National League's Top 5 in home runs (194, 2nd), slugging percentage (.428, 3rd), doubles (301, 3rd), OPS (.750, 4th), batting average (.261, 4th), hits (1468, 4th) and runs scored (731, 5th)...The 194 home runs established a new franchise record...During tenure with Washington, saw Adam LaRoche (2012), Ian Desmond (2012), Stephen Strasburg (2012) and Ryan Zimmerman (2009-2010) win Silver Slugger awards...Also saw position players Bryce Harper (2012-2013) and Ian Desmond (2012) named to the NL All-Star teams...From 2009-2012, Washington's offensive corps hit 497 home runs, which ranked fifth in the NL during that span....In 2008, served as hitting coach for Washington's Triple-A Columbus Clippers...Club finished with a .264 batting average, tied for fifth in the International League...In 2007, was named hitting coach for St. Louis' Triple-A affiliate in Memphis...Was Triple-A New Orleans' (Washington org.) hitting coach in 2006 following his stint in the same role with short-season Single-A Vermont in 2005...Was the National League's bullpen catcher for the 2005
All-Star Game at Comerica Park (Detroit)...Began tenure in Washington's organization over the final month of the 2004 season, serving as hitting coach for Double-A Harrisburg, taking over for Rob Ducey who participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics...Served as a bullpen catcher and batting practice pitcher with Minnesota (2000-2001) and Tampa Bay (1999).

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