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Rick Schu enters his first season with the Giants organization after having spent the last seven seasons with the Washington Nationals. Schu was elevated to the Nationals' Major League coaching staff on July 23, 2013. His resume includes 20 seasons as a hitting coach and a nine-year Major League career. Over the last few seasons, Schu has overseen one of the most potent lineups in the National League and has helped tutor some of the games best players in Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Anthony Rendon and Trea Turner.

After beginning the 2013 season as the Nationals' Minor League Hitting Coordinator, Schu helped revitalize the Nationals' offense - from July 23, 2013 through season's end, the Nationals went 38-25 (.603) and paced the NL in HR (70), SLG (.417) and OPS (.748).

Schu spent 12 years with Arizona, including portions of four seasons (2004, 2007-09) as the Diamondbacks' MLB 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 played in 580 big league games spanning nine seasons (1984-96) with Philadelphia, Baltimore, Detroit, California and Montreal. Despite signing as a non-drafted free agent, Schu eventually rose through the Phillies' system and assumed the third-base job when Hall-of-Famer Mike Schmidt shifted across the diamond to first base in 1985. He 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).

Schu resides in El Dorado Hills, Calif., with wife, Keri, son, Jake, and daughter, Easton.

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