Rick Eckstein

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Rick Eckstein
US Navy 100623-N-9818V-194 Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Rick West talks with Rick Eckstein, the hitting coach for the Washington Nationals, before the pregame meeting at home plate for the symbolic lineup card.jpg
Rick West (left) and Rick Eckstein (right)
Pittsburgh Pirates – No. 41
Born: (1973-03-04) March 4, 1973 (age 46)
As coach
Olympic medal record
Representing  United States
Men's baseball
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing Team

Rick H. Eckstein (born March 4, 1973) is an American professional baseball hitting coach. He is the hitting coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball, and the former hitting coach for Washington Nationals of MLB and the Kentucky Wildcats baseball team, and assistant hitting coach and scout for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of MLB.


Eckstein is an alumnus of the University of Florida. Eckstein became the hitting coach for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball in September 2008, after serving as the Columbus Clippers hitting coach. He also was the hitting coach on the United States national baseball team in the 2008 Olympics.[citation needed]

On November 5, 2013, Eckstein was named to the Los Angeles Angels coaching staff for the 2014 season.[1] On August 14, 2014, Eckstein left the Angels to join the staff of Gary Henderson at the University of Kentucky.[2] He was the minor league hitting coordinator for the Minnesota Twins organization for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The Pittsburgh Pirates hired Eckstein as their hitting coach after the 2018 season.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He is the older brother of former major leaguer David Eckstein. On December 8, 2010, Eckstein donated his right kidney to his brother, Ken, who is currently suffering from a renal disease.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Gonzalez, Alden (November 5, 2013). "Angels add former hitting coach Eckstein to staff". Angels.com.
  2. ^ DiGiovanna, Mike (August 14, 2014). "Rick Eckstein leaves Angels to become Kentucky assistant coach". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/pirates/2018/11/02/rick-eckstein-pirates-hitting-coach/stories/201811020129

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Lenny Harris
Washington Nationals Hitting Coach
Succeeded by
Rick Schu
Preceded by
Jeff Branson
Pittsburgh Pirates Hitting Coach
Succeeded by