Rick Eckstein, ex-hitting coach for MLB's Nationals, named UK assistant

Special to the Herald-LeaderAugust 25, 2014 

Rick Eckstein, the hitting coach for the Washington Nationals for five seasons and most recently the player information coach for the Los Angeles Angels, has been hired as Kentucky’s new assistant coach, the school announced Monday. Eckstein joins the UK staff after serving as the player information coach for the Angels during the 2014 season. Eckstein previously spent 2009-13 as the hitting coach for the Nationals. Eckstein has spent the last six seasons in Major League Baseball and has been in professional baseball since 2004 after a three-year stint as an assistant at Georgia. “I am thrilled to join the staff at Kentucky,” Eckstein said. “Having had the opportunity to work with coach Henderson when I was a player and assistant at Florida, I was excited to rejoin his staff. I want to thank Mike Scioscia and everyone with the Angels for a wonderful opportunity to work with a first-class organization. The opportunity to return to the nation’s best collegiate baseball league, the Southeastern Conference, and work at such a well-respected program is very exciting and I can’t wait to get to work.”

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