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Rick Schu #39

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Full Name:
Rick Schu
Uniform #:
39

Richard Spencer Schu...resides in El Dorado Hills, CA, with wife (Keri), son (Jake) and daughter (Easton)...father, Ken, pitched in the Chicago White Sox system in 1955. ... Enters fifth season with the Nationals organization...joined Davey Johnson's staff on July 23, 2013 when Rick Eckstein was relieved of his duties...resume includes 17 seasons as a hitting coach and a nine-year big league career...in 2013, from July 23 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 (2nd in NL)...helped get Denard Span (hit .300 during same time span) and Jayson Werth (.343, 11 home runs, .435 OBP) on track offensively and cap the season in a strong fashion...previously, spent 12 years with Arizona's organization, including portions of three seasons (2007-09) as the D-Backs' hitting coach...also served as the Diamondbacks' big league hitting coach in 2004...worked as ARI's Minor League Hitting Coordinator in 2003 and 2005-07 and worked as minor league coach with 4 affiliates from 1998-2001...during tenure in the D-Backs system, became familiar with Mike Rizzo and Matt Williams, while working with Stephen Drew, Justin Upton, Mark Reynolds, Carlos Quentin and Miguel Montero, among others.

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