Aug. 29, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson (left) talks with batting coach Rick Eckstein (right) during batting practice before a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Image Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

New Kentucky Wildcats hitting coach Rick Eckstein meets the media

Rick Eckstein, the newest Kentucky Wildcats assistant baseball coach, joined Big Blue Insider on Tuesday night following his being named the new hitting coach.

Prior to joining the Wildcats staff, Eckstein had worked with former Wildcats star Collin Cowgill with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Eckstein spoke about working with Cowgill:

“Having worked under Mike Scioscia and knowing his philosophy. It’s everything that I believe in, and Gary too. It’s the character of the player. It’s the work ethic. It’s the attention to detail. It’s the commitment to excellence. Its giving it everything you have for your teammates. That is what Mike Scioscia values for his system. And when Collin came over in spring training and was earning a spot on the team, it was visible from day one that this guy was going to help us win. Whether it was coming off the bench to steal a base, or coming off the bench to get a bunt down. Or whether he was going to hit the game-winning home run like he did against Oakland earlier in the season. He had every trick in his bag and that is because of the development Gary and his staff had in the program. It is just a wonderful process that you can see in Collin.”

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