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They're proud, accomplished men. They worked together to build a World Series contender. It isn't working this year. Have they reached some kind of untenable spot in their relationship?
Eckstein had been the Nats' hitting coach since Oct. 24, 2008, which made him the longest-tenured hitting coach in the National League East.
"A lot of this falls on the players," said GM Mike Rizzo. "This is a players' league and the players are paid to perform. They haven't. It's the voice of the guy who's in charge of that, we felt we needed a different perspective and a different way of doing things."
From his perch on the steps of the Washington Nationals' dugout, hitting coach Rick Eckstein has a front row seat for the work of his offense. For a while, it was a seat that was scrutinized from the outside.
Standing in the visitors clubhouse at Coors Field a week ago, Nationals manager Davey Johnson summed up veteran right-hander Livan Hernandez in one sentence: "Livo has pitched a lot of good games," Johnson said. "Unfortunately, when he's a little off, he's really off."