Giants name Rick Schu assistant hitting coach

The San Francisco Giants have named Rick Schu the club's Major League assistant hitting coach, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans announced today.

November 9th, 2017

The San Francisco Giants have named Rick Schu the club's Major League assistant hitting coach, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans announced today.

Schu, 55, spent the last seven seasons with the Nationals organization, after being elevated to the Major League coaching staff on July 23, 2013. During his time with Washington, he helped the Nationals consistently be one of the top offenses in baseball. In 2017, the Nationals led the NL in slugging pct. (.449) and OPS (.782), ranked third in runs scored (812), hits (1,477), doubles (311), batting average (.266) and seventh in home runs (215). He also fostered the emergence of 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Bryce Harper, who hit .330 with 42 home runs and 99 RBI in his MVP season.

The El Dorado Hills, California resident has spent 20 seasons in a hitting coach capacity between the Major and Minor Leagues. Prior to being promoted to Washington's Major League staff, he spent the first half of the 2013 season as the Nationals' Minor League Hitting Coordinator. Schu also spent 12 years with Arizona, including portions of four seasons (2004, 2007-09) as the Diamondbacks' Major League hitting coach. He worked as Arizona's Minor League Hitting Coordinator in 2003, and 2005-07, and worked as a Minor League coach with four affiliates from 1998-2001.

Schu spent nine seasons as a player in the Majors, where he ended his career as a .246 hitter with 41 home runs. He played in 580 big league games spanning nine seasons (1984-96) with Philadelphia, Baltimore, Detroit, California and Montreal. He also hit 24 home runs in his first season with the Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japanese Pacific League, ultimately compiling a .257 average with 44 doubles, 38 home runs and 124 RBI in 257 games over two seasons (1993-94).

Bruce Bochy's 2018 coaching staff is now finalized, with Hensley Meulens (bench coach), Curt Young (pitching coach), Alonzo Powell (hitting coach), Ron Wotus (third base coach), Jose Alguacil (first base coach), Matt Herges (bullpen coach), Rick Schu (assistant hitting coach) and Shawon Dunston (major league staff and replay analyst).