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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 his fifth season with the Nationals organization...Was elevated to the Major League coaching staff on Jul. 23, 2013 when Rick Eckstein was relieved of his duties...Resume includes 17 seasons as a hitting coach and a nine-year Major League Career...Nationals' 2014 offense ranked among top five teams in NL in average (.253), on-base percentage (.321), slugging percentage (.393) and OPS (.714)...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 Jul. 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 (2nd in NL)...Spent 12 years with Arizona's organization, including portions of four seasons (2004, 2007-09) as the D-backs' 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...During his tenure in Arizona's 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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