"He is one of the most outstanding hitting instructors I've ever been around. He is conscientious, hard working," Johnson said. "If anything, he works too hard. But if you want to fire the hitting coach, you might as well fire me, because he has the same philosophy that I do."
The Nationals are near the bottom of almost every offensive category and, according to Ryan Zimmerman, Eckstein is taking it hard. But it's not Eckstein's fault that the team is not hitting.
"Rick doesn't hit. He gives us the best chance," Zimmerman said. "He is here every day doing what he is supposed to do. It's not his fault, Davey's fault or anyone's fault but the guys who go up there and hit. Rick obviously takes it harder, but we are the ones who get paid to hit, drive in runs. It's nobody's fault but ours."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.