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Rick Eckstein to provide 'quality control' for Angels
Rick Eckstein to provide 'quality control' for Angels

The name is familiar, but the title is not. The Angels hired Rick Eckstein, the older brother of former World Series-winning Angels shortstop David Eckstein, as their major league player information coach in November, which begs the question: What the heck — or would that be what the Eck? — is a player information coach? In short, it's a position that combines scouting and on-field coaching duties. "It's a hybrid role," General Manager Jerry Dipoto said, "one that will be very valuable to our club." And how will that value be measured? "That's a great question," Eckstein, 41, said. "This being a new role, I think time...