Mets Name Kevin Long Hitting Coach

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by Ed Tsunoda on October 24, 2014

The Mets have named former Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long as their new hitting coach. The move shows a clear understanding by the Mets of how their fan base feels about the Yankees, by continuing the age old tradition of bringing in retreads from the Bronx. But hey, at least it’s just a hitting coach and not a big free agent outfielder or something.

Long, 47, was the Yankees’ hitting coach from 2007-14. He has a close relationship with Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson, who enjoyed a pair of career years — 84 home runs and 225 RBIs from 2011-12 — under his tutelage. Helping Granderson rebound from his career-low .227 average and .714 OPS in 2014 will be one of Long’s most critical tasks.

Under Long, the Yankees finished first or second in the Majors in runs scored five times from 2007-12. But age and injuries stripped the team’s roster in recent seasons. As a result, the Yankees fell to 16th in baseball in runs in ’13 and 20th this summer.


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