Kevin Long reunited with manager Joe Girardi and star slugger Bryce Harper at Phillies following his appointment as hitting coach last week. He replaces his former understudy at Washington Nationals Joe Dillon who was sacked at the end of the season. But will the 54-year-old make an instant hit?
Long arrives with a wealth of experience as both an ex-player and coach, with online Australian casinos backing him. A second-team All-American in 1989 at the University of Arizona, he was first-team Pac-10 that year. 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. He 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.
As a professional coach, he debuted with the Class-A Wilmington Blue Rocks in 1997. He was then named the Northwest League's co-Manager of the Year after leading the Spokane Indians to the league title in 1999. However, it was in 2007 that his coaching prowess really came to the fore. After being promoted to hitting coach for the New York Yankees, his offense 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). 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.
After an underwhelming spell with New York Mets, Long again proved his mettle at Nationals winning the World Series in 2019. His team led National League on-base percentage and was in the top 10 in MLB in most other batting categories, according to jeux de casino en ligne.
Long is a seasoned veteran with a rich resume. He has a way of getting the best out of his players. Ask Juan Soto. At the Nationals, the pair often stood side-by-side in the dugout, talking about hitting. Long helped Soto craft an extensive pregame routine in the batting cage. During the National League Championship Series in 2019, when Soto was in a mini-slump, it was Long who stayed and drilled with Soto past midnight. Soto chose Long to throw to him in this summer’s Home Run Derby. And last week, the two of them were at Dodger Stadium to watch Scherzer and Trea Turner play in the NL wild-card game.
The 54-year-old is a winner everywhere he goes. Long is a two-time World Series champion, picking up other honours in a coaching career that has spanned over two decades.