The San Francisco Giants have named Rick Schu, a former Del Campo High School and Sacramento City player, as their new assistant hitting coach.
Schu, who lives in El Dorado Hills, played played in 580 games with five teams during a nine-year major-league career that began in 1984. He also played two seasons in the Japanese Baseball League for the Nippon Ham Fighters in 1993 and ’94.
Since 1997, Schu has coached for several minor and major league teams, including his latest stint as hitting coach for the Washington Nationals. He was has been Nationals hitting coach since 2013, and has worked for manager Dusty Baker, also a Del Campo graduate, since 2016. He was fired, along with Baker, after the Nationals were defeated by the Chicago Cubs in this year’s Division series.
For the Giants, Schu will be working with recently hired hitting coach Alonzo Powell. In 2017, the Giants finished last in the majors in home runs (128) and OPS (.689), second-to-last in runs scored (639) and on-base percentage (.309).
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