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Rick Schu #39

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Full Name:
Rick Schu
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RESUME: Rick Schu enters his seventh season with the Nationals organization, elevated to the Major League coaching staff on July 23, 2013...Schu's resume includes 19 seasons as a hitting coach and a nine-year Major League Career…Schu oversaw a 2016 Nationals offense that featured MVP candidate Daniel Murphy, Rookie of the Year candidate Trea Turner, and the most powerful lineup in franchise history with their collective 203 home runs, 136 of which were hit by one of six players: Murphy (25), RF Bryce Harper (24), SS Danny Espinosa (24), C Wilson Ramos (22), LF Jayson Werth (21), and 3B Anthony Rendon (20)...Schu also oversaw Werth's 46-game on-base streak that tied a franchise record (Nationals/Expos)...In 2015, Schu's offense ranked among NL leaders in runs scored (3rd, 703), home runs (T3rd, 177) and slugging percentage (5th .403), and featured the emergence of NL Most Valuable Player Harper, who hit .330 with a .460 OBP, a .649 SLG, 42 home runs, 38 doubles, one triple and 99 RBI…The Nationals' 2014 offense ranked among top five teams in NL in AVG (.253), OBP (.321), SLG (.393) and OPS (.714)… 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 HR (70), SLG (.417) and OPS (.748)...Schu spent 12 years with Arizona, including portions of four seasons (2004, 2007-09) as the Diamondbacks' MLB hitting coach...He 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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