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Hitting coach Kevin Long works out deal with Yankees

Nov 8, 2013, 12:54 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Long and the rest of Girardi’s coaching staff will return for 2014, the Yankees just announced.

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi has a new four-year contract, but hitting coach Kevin Long is still trying to work out a deal to remain on New York’s staff.

During an interview with WFAN radio Long made it clear that he wanted to stay with the Yankees, adding: “I talked to [general manager Brian Cashman] and we’re getting there.”

Long has been the Yankees’ hitting coach since 2007 and the offense has finished first or second among American League teams in scoring five times in those seven years, although they dropped to 10th this year for their lowest mark since way back in 1991.

  1. buffalochris - Nov 7, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Performance Review = NO NEW CONTRACT

    • jwbiii - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Who’s to blame? The guy who couldn’t teach Vernon Wells to hit or the guy who hired Vernon Wells?

      • 18thstreet - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        I agree. I don’t think any of us know what make a good hitting coach. I wouldn’t look at the team’s stats — those are the reason of how good the players are.

  2. rickdobrydney - Nov 7, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Time for a fresh face in that clubhouse — I think the guys are TOO comfortable with Long — They need a guy to light a fire under some of those lazy asses. Last year (even with all the injuries) was a perfect example of this . Fire him.

    • rje49 - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      No, if he’s that bad, keep him!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      Last year (even with all the injuries)

      The majority of the year the Yanks were running this on offense:

      1b – 2nd/3rd string
      2b – starter
      SS – 3rd string
      3b – 2nd/3rd/4th string
      OF – Wells/Ichiro/Gardner
      C – 2nd/3rd string

      What did you expect Long to do, turn them all into Barry Bonds? [btw in 2012, the Yanks tied for first in MLB with a 113 wRC+ and lead mlb with a .342 wOBA. Does Long get credit for that?]

  3. deathmonkey41 - Nov 7, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure you can get anyone off the street to teach batters to become complete pull hitters and strike out a lot.

  4. kinggeorge96 - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Tino’s free..

  5. NYTolstoy - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    I think last year was a train wreck. Not even Jesus could of gotten Wells, Soriano, Overbay, Nunez, Hafner, every horrible catcher that took an at bat, To stop wiffing at everything they saw. God just look at those names I saw 162 games this year and Overbay may have had 5 at bats that were not 0-2. One time I think he was 3-2 in a count but It could of been my imagination. They had No Tex. Jeter, A rod, Granderson, for mostly the entire year. Long has done well in the past and even with all those K-men they still were 10th on offense. Bring em back Cash its an order.

    • TheMorningStar - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      You’re correct, the Yankees should resign Long and then promptly fire Cashman.

      Why? Because he signed/traded for Wells, Soriano, Overbay, Nunez, Hafner, and every horrible catcher that took an at bat.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        Soriano was an ownership decision, just like the contract for Rafael Soriano was an ownership decision as was the reworking of Jeter’s contract. Nunez was drafted, and Hafner was paid $2M last year.

        But keep blaming Cashman

      • TheMorningStar - Nov 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        Ok, take Soriano out…the restvof the moves were plan awful.

        But keep apologizing for Cashman.

  6. nbjays - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Which coach is responsible for teaching Cano to at least pretend to hustle down the line to first?

  7. anxovies - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Maybe they should tape one of those illegal electric buzzers they use on racehorses to his ass. Just push the red button and see him fly.

  8. cackalackyank - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Let’s leave last year out of it. The NYY line up has been declining for awhile. Cashman didn’t teach Granderson to become an all or nothing strike out machine. See Long, Kevin for that accomplishment.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      The NYY line up has been declining for awhile.

      First in wOBA and tied for first in wRC+ in ’12 = declining?

  9. jackweho - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    For years I have been saying to get rid of Long. They were so close to doing so this off-season, and then they capitulated. This guy is a loser. The ratio of at bats to strike outs versus the AB to BB is terrible. The guy never made it to the majors-a life long minor league player; you would think a hitting coach would make it to the majors for at least a cup of coffee…nope, 1989-1997 he wallowed in the minors. Set some records in class A but who cares…what did he do in AAA or the majors…absolutely nada/nothing. As long as the Yankees are embroiled in the A-Rod fiasco, why not go for the whole enchilada-hire Pete Rose as hitting coach and make MLB face the music. It is going to happen someday, as soon as Selig departs. If not Rose, let’s go for Bernie Williams-had a good average, didn’t strike out that much, and was around long enough to pick up pointers along the way as to coaching. Please re-consider…give Long a buy-out and hire a real coach.

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