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With the Washington Nationals ranked one of the lowest-scoring offenses in the entire major league, the firing of hitting coach Rick Eckstein this afternoon was no surprise. Although manager Davey Johnson was supposedly against the idea of firing Eckstein, the Nationals have hired minor league hitting instructor Rick Schu as the replacement.
Showing some of the worst stats in all of major league this season and a 48-50 record, the hiring of Schu is in hopes to pull the Nationals out of their season long slump. The Nationals rank 29th in the MLB for scoring. They have only scored 24 in their last 10 and coming off their three-game sweep to the Dodgers at home, it was a matter of time before someone was let go of their position at Nationals Park.
Schu, a former major leaguer and now former Nats minor league hitting instructor, has high hopes with his new promotion. With his pre-existing ties to players like Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon, and Steve Lombardozzi it is expected that Schu will be a major asset to the National’s failing offense this season.
BEST OF MAXIM
"You know what, I’m not even going to entertain doom and gloom questions. I’m just not." (Jayson Werth, via Washington Times, 7/21/2013)
Fair enough. But would a question about, say, the NL East standings be considered doom and gloom? They'll be fine, says Davey Johnson. Werth agrees, apparently:
"I think at any moment this team could take off. But...
The slumping Washington Nationals have fired hitting coach Rick Eckstein, who paid the price for the team's offensive woes this season.
Washington entered play Monday stuck in a three-game losing streak and a disappointing 48-50 record. The team is tied for 28th overall in runs and ranks 27th in batting average.
Eckstein was hired as the Nationals' batting coach before...
Rick Eckstein fired as Nationals hitting coach, Rick Schu takes over
Sounds like Davey would've preferred it if he got the axe. Did he consider pulling a Riggleman?
"Even in my discussions about firing Rick, I said, ‘There’s other
options,’ You could do away with me if you want to
change the scenery or change the philosophy." (Davey Johnson, via...
Another lowlight of this weekend's Nats-Dodgers series? The appearance of Sharknado during the Presidents Race on Friday night. More here via Let Teddy Win. Even Ian Ziering wouldn't approve.
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The Washington Nationals will finish the season with a new hitting coach after the team fired Rick Eckstein on Monday.
Eckstein was in his fifth season as the Nationals hitting coach and will be replaced by minor league hitting coordinator Rick Schu.
The Nationals had scored 362 runs though their first 98 games this season ranking them 28th in baseball. With...
On Saturday evening, I told everyone to stick a fork in the Washington Nationals. I knew that someone had to be held responsible for how disappointing the Nationals have been this season, but the Nationals don’t have the luxury of firing their manager Davey Johnson. He’s in his last season, he’s regarded as a legend in the game; he’s going out on his own terms.
There was some good news in Nats Nation. Just a little. Although the roughest start of Jordan Zimmermann's career led to the Nats' eighth loss in 10 games, Zimmermann’s neck is fine according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
“The neck feels awesome, just the command wasn’t there today,” Zimmermann said.
Zimmermann earned an All-Star spot with a 12-3 first...
So, after the Nats fired hitting coach Rick Eckstein on Monday and then proceeded to lose a tough 6-5 game to the Pirates, Tom Boswell of the Washington Post pushed an emotional Davey Johnson over the edge with a question about quitting during his postgame presser on Enjoy the Vine below of Davey, who doesn't want to go there.
Boswell: You come from an era when things were...
The Nats came out of the All-Star break needing to win. Then the second half began with a loss on Friday, despite a quality Strasburg start. It continued with another loss Saturday, despite masterful stuff from Gio. The wheels fell off today as ZNN lasted two innings, and Jayson Werth was the only guy to get a hit. They’re lucky to be seven back of the Braves.
This is the pattern...
Coming off of 2012's fantastic season and disappointing playoffs, Washington, DC area sports fans, and even national baseball writers, talked about how the 2013 Washington Nationals should be far and away the best team in the National League. I was among those who subscribed to this, almost blindly, as it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that DC's baseball team would compete...
The Washington Nationals (48-52) turned what they had hoped would be a post-All-Star break winning streak into a verifiable losing streak, as they dropped four games below .500 with a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates (59-39).
The Nationals remain winless in five games since the break, and have lost 10 of their last 12. Their losses have been almost entirely due to their inability...
Pirates (57-39) at Nationals (48-50)
7:05 PM–Nationals Park, Washington
The Bucs are in the nation’s capital this week to take on the Nats, who may be baseball’s most disappointing team. Washington has great starting pitching and some good potential on offense, but so far the team that many pegged as the NL favorite has slumped to a record just under...
As I mentioned yesterday, the Nationals are playing some really putrid baseball right now. They only scored five runs in a three-game set against the Dodgers in this weekend that just passed, and they're 2-8 since a four-game winning streak ended on July 8th. They're a good team that could turn things aroudn quickly, of course, but there's a chance for the Pirates to...
Jeff Locke picked up his ninth win yesterday against the Reds. His ERA sits at 2.11. He made his first All Star appearance. None of which matters to Reds hack announcer Thom Brennaman who thinks Jeff Locke “sucks”. Now to be fair to Thom it’s hard to see who is good and who sucks when…