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Ben Cherington elaborates on parting ways with hitting coach Rick Eckstein

CHICAGO — When the Pirates decided to part ways with hitting coach Rick Eckstein last week, the timing felt a bit odd. Sure, the Pirates have struggled offensively all season, and perhaps it was time to try a new philosophy. It’s also not likely something that will be fixed in the next month, with or without Eckstein. It also would be fair to point out that the greatest hitting coach in the world would have struggled to get great results from the Pirates’ roster the past few years. At a certain point, the responsibility falls on the players to turn things. How much of former right fielder Gregory Polanco or shortstop Kevin Newman’s struggles can be blamed on Eckstein, after all?
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Pirates fire hitting coach Rick Eckstein

The Pittsburgh Pirates began Monday at 48-83, in last place in the National League Central division standings, and, per The Associated Press (h/t ESPN), last in all of MLB in runs scored, home runs, slugging percentage and on-base percentage plus slugging. Pittsburgh general manager Ben Cherington reacted by firing hitting...
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Pittsburgh Pirates News: Hitting Coach Rick Eckstein Let Go

The Pittsburgh Pirates are trending toward another top Draft pick for the season year in a row. Someone had to answer for it. Rick Eckstein was hired as the Pittsburgh Pirates hitting coach during the 2018-2019 offseason. The previous regime hired Eckstein, but he was one of the only key members of the coaching staff to remain with the team after the 2019 overhaul. It was a bit of a surprise, but he also only had one year of work to go on. Also, he was considered to be an up-and-coming hitting coach who stressed some of the newer parts that are more focused on for hitting.