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RESUME: Rick Schu is entering his sixth season with the Nationals organization...Was elevated to the Major League coaching staff on July 23, 2013 when Rick Eckstein was relieved of his duties...Schu's Resume includes 18 seasons as a hitting coach and a nine-year Major League Career...Schu oversaw a 2015 Nationals offense that ranked among National League leaders in runs scored (third, 703), home runs (T-third, 177) and slugging percentage (fifth, .403), as well as the emergence of NL Most Valuable Player Bryce Harper, who finished the year hitting .330 with a .460 on-base percentage and a .649 slugging percentage, along with 42 home runs, 38 doubles, one triple and 99 RBI...The Nationals' 2014 offense ranked among top five teams in NL in average (.253), on-base percentage (.321), slugging percentage (.393) and OPS (.714), and highlights included Denard Span's 36-game on-base streak, Ian Desmond's third 20 homer/20 stolen base season and Anthony Rendon's breakout year...After beginning the 2013 season as the Nationals' Minor League Hitting Coordinator, Schu helped revitalize the Nationals' offense - from July 23, 2013 through season's end, the Nationals went 38-25 (.603) and paced the NL in home runs (70), slugging percentage (.417) and OPS (.748) en route to averaging 4.6 runs per game (second in NL)...Schu spent 12 years with Arizona's organization, including portions of four seasons (2004, 2007-09) as the Diamondbacks' Major League hitting coach...Worked as Arizona's Minor League Hitting Coordinator in 2003, and 2005-07, and worked as a Minor League coach with four affiliates from 1998-2001.

PLAYING CAREER: Played in 580 big league games spanning nine seasons (1984-96) with Philadelphia, Baltimore, Detroit, California and Montreal...Despite signing as a non-drafted free agent, Schu eventually rose through the Phillies' system and assumed the third base job when Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt shifted across the diamond to first base in 1985...Hit 24 home runs in his first season with the Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japanese Pacific League, ultimately compiling a .257 average with 44 doubles, 38 home runs and 124 RBI in 257 games over two seasons (1993-94).

PERSONAL: Richard Spencer Schu...Resides in El Dorado Hills, Calif., with wife, Keri, son, Jake, and daughter, Easton...Father, Ken, pitched in the Chicago White Sox system in 1955.

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