Kevin Long (baseball)

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Kevin Long
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Long with the Mets in 2017
Washington Nationals – No. 54
Outfielder / Hitting coach
Born: (1966-12-30) December 30, 1966 (age 54)
Van Nuys, California
Bats: LeftThrows: Left
Teams
As Coach
Career highlights and awards

Kevin Richard Long (born December 30, 1966) is an American former minor league baseball player and the current hitting coach for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He formerly held the same post with the New York Yankees for eight seasons (2007–14).

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Playing career

Long graduated from Thunderbird High School in Phoenix, Arizona.

Long was a second-team All-American in 1989 at the University of Arizona and was also named first-team Pac-10 that year. A three-year letter-winner, Long still holds the Arizona record for most extra-base hits in a game (five) and ranks in the top-10 in several different statistical categories (second, extra-base hits; sixth, doubles; seventh, multi-hit games; eighth, total bases; ninth, runs scored). [1]

Long was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 31st round of the 1989 Major League Baseball Draft. He played in the Royals system for eight seasons, from 1989 until 1996. Long led Class-A Eugene in 1989 in games played, at bats, runs scored, hits, doubles, and RBIs. He also ranked eighth among all Northwest League hitters with his .312 batting average in his rookie season. He missed most of the 1994 season after undergoing surgery on his left wrist.

Coaching career

At the end of spring training in 1997, Long, who was assigned to the Triple-A Omaha Royals, decided to retire, asking instead for a coaching job. [2] Long made his professional managing debut with the Class-A Wilmington Blue Rocks in 1997. He was named the Northwest League's co-Manager of the Year after leading the Spokane Indians to the league title in 1999. [3]

Long served as the hitting coach in the Royals organization with the Double-A Wichita Wranglers (2000–01) and Triple-A Omaha Royals (2002–03). He became the hitting coach for the Yankees' Triple-A team, the Columbus Clippers, from 2004 to 2006.

Long was promoted to hitting coach for the New York Yankees in 2007. Long guided a Yankees offense that ranked first in MLB in runs (968), hits (1,656), home runs (201), RBIs (929), team batting average (.290), slugging percentage (.463), on-base percentage (.366) and total bases (2,649). [4] The 968 runs were the most in franchise history since 1937 (979). His offense also featured the American League MVP Alex Rodriguez, three Silver Sluggers (Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Rodriguez) and four of the American League's top-15 batting averages.

After a down year offensively in 2008, Long's Yankee hitters again led the league in offense during the 2009 season, in which they also won the franchise's 27th World Series title, and led the American League in runs again. [5]

Following the 2010 season, the Yankees signed Long to a three-year contract. [6] He was fired following the 2014 season. [7]

He was then hired by the New York Mets to be their hitting coach.

Long most recently has been hired as of November 2nd 2017 by the Washington Nationals to be their hitting coach.

Personal life

When Long was still a player (though he does not remember which year), he suffered an accident during an offseason job with a drywall company, when a 25-pound sledgehammer hit him in the left eye, shattering three bones. [8]

Long resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with wife, Marcey, daughter, Britney and sons Tracy and Jaron. Jaron is a professional baseball player in the Nationals' organization. [9] [10]

During the offseason, Long works part-time for organizations such as MVP Sports Camps.

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References

  1. Shpigel, Ben (October 7, 2010). "As Yankees' Most Valuable Repairman, Long Revives Struggling Hitters". The New York Times . p. B17. Archived from the original on March 1, 2011.
  2. Perlman, William (2011-03-06). "Yankees Q&A with hitting coach Kevin Long". The Star-Ledger. NJ.com. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
  3. "Manager and Coaches | yankees.com: Team". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
  4. "2009 New York Yankees Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
  5. "2010 American League Standard Batting". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
  6. King, George A. (2010-10-31). "Yankees reach new deal with Long, begin planning offseason". NYPOST.com. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
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  10. "End Zone: Yankees' Kevin Long and his son share a newfound bond". Daily News. New York. 2014-06-21.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Unknown
Wilmington Blue Rocks hitting coach
1997
Succeeded by
Unknown
Preceded by
Darrell Evans
Wilmington Blue Rocks manager
1998
Succeeded by
Brian Poldberg
Preceded by
Jeff Garber
Spokane Indians manager
1999
Succeeded by
Tom Poquette
Preceded by
Unknown
Wichita Wranglers hitting coach
2000-2001
Succeeded by
Nelson Liriano
Preceded by
Unknown
Omaha Royals hitting coach
2002-2003
Succeeded by
Terry Bradshaw (baseball)
Preceded by
Sal Rende
Columbus Clippers hitting coach
2004-2006
Succeeded by
Bobby Williams
Preceded by
Don Mattingly
New York Yankees hitting coach
2007–2014
Succeeded by
Jeff Pentland
Preceded by
Lamar Johnson
New York Mets hitting coach
2015–2017
Succeeded by
Pat Roessler
Preceded by
Rick Schu
Washington Nationals hitting coach
2018–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent