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Rick H. Eckstein
 Biographical Information
Eckstein played college ball at Seminole Community College and the University of Florida before an injury ended his career. He was then a coach at the University of Florida from 1996 to 1998. During 1999, he was bullpen catcher and batting practice pitcher for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The following year, he was a member of the Seminole Community College staff briefly before joining the Minnesota Twins as bullpen catcher and batting practice pitcher (a role he held through 2001. He was a University of Georgia coach in 2002 and 2003.
Eckstein was a member of the Harrisburg Senators coaching staff for the final month of 2004, replacing Rob Ducey (who was playing for Team Canada in the 2004 Olympics). He was a coach for the Vermont Expos in 2005, New Orleans Zephyrs in 2006, Memphis Redbirds in 2007, and the Columbus Clippers in 2008. He also coached Team USA in the 2005 Baseball World Cup and 2008 Olympics.
Eckstein joined the Nationals in September 2008. He became the team's hitting coach the following year, serving in that capacity from 2009 to 2013. He was fired on July 22, 2013 because of the team's poor performance at the dish. The firing was the decision of GM Mike Rizzo and was taken without consulting with manager Davey Johnson, who still had confidence in Eckstein. He was replaced by Rick Schu.