Pirates Hire New Hitting Coach

Rick Eckstein will take over for Jeff Branson

Andrew Limberg
November 02, 2018 - 4:54 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The Pirates have hired a new hitting coach. The team announced Friday that Rick Eckstein will take over for Jeff Branson who was let go by Pittsburgh at the end of the season.

Eckstein was the hitting coach for the Washington Nationals from 2009-13 and spend the past two seasons as Minnesota’s minor league hitting coordinator.

He spent 2015 and 2016 with the University of Kentucky’s baseball team as the assistant coach.

In a statement Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said, “Rick Eckstein brings experience, knowledge and a relentless drive to combine old-school thought and new-school concepts to help our Major League Team,” said Huntington. “His ability to impact each player’s approach and skill set will aid in our ability to create runs and maximize our performance as a team. The various roles Rick has held have prepared him to implement an individualized mental, physical and fundamental program to benefit our Major League team and our organization.”

Eckstein also coached in the minors with the Expos, Nationals and Cardinals.

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