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Brogna takes over Eckstein's duties on staff

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ANAHEIM -- Rick Eckstein left his role as the Angels' player-information coach on Thursday to pursue a job on the University of Kentucky's coaching staff, paving the way for Rico Brogna to take over Eckstein's duties the rest of the season.

Eckstein, brother of former Angels shortstop David Eckstein, played for Kentucky Wildcats head coach Gary Henderson at the University of Florida in the mid-1990s. The Halos hired Eckstein to the new hybrid coaching role in November after a five-year stint as the Nationals' hitting coach.

In his role with the Angels, Eckstein aggregated and relayed statistical information to the coaching staff pregame, and he spent the in-game portion serving as somewhat of an advanced scout.

Brogna, a Major League first baseman from 1992 to 2001, was hired over the offseason as a special assistant to general manager Jerry Dipoto.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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