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07/11/2007 8:08 PM ET
Schu replaces Seitzer as D-backs hitting coach
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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today that they have replaced hitting coach Kevin Seitzer with Rick Schu, the organization's hitting coordinator.

"We felt a change was an appropriate decision based on our offensive struggles," said Josh Byrnes, Diamondbacks' Senior Vice President and General Manager. "Kevin Seitzer gave us tremendous passion and effort. Rick Schu has history with a lot of our players, and we feel he can help us improve our performance."

Schu, 45, is in his 10th season with the Diamondbacks and second stint as the Major League hitting coach, having done so in 2004. He has held the position of hitting coordinator, overseeing hitting instruction for Arizona's farm system, in 2003 and from 2005-07. He began his coaching career in 1998 with South Bend (A) before coaching for High Desert/Lancaster in the California League from 1999-2001. Schu made the jump to Tucson (AAA) for the 2002 season. As the club's hitting coordinator in 2003, Arizona's full-season clubs combined for a .276 batting average, the highest mark among all Minor League organizations.

Schu played in parts of 9 major league seasons. He owns a .246 career average with 13 home runs and 41 RBIs in 580 Major League games. He spent the majority of his career in the Philadelphia chain and also made big-league stops with Baltimore, Detroit, California and a brief one-game stint with Montreal. He was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Phillies in 1980.

Seitzer, 44, was hired in October 2006.

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