By Steve Keane at 28 October, 2014, 12:17 pm
Before you could start any Basketball Betting, the Mets made their first bold move of the winter by hiring former Yankee’s hitting coach Kevin Long.
“Kevin’s experience, success and wealth of knowledge make him the perfect fit as our hitting instructor,” said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. “This is a very positive step for the Mets. We welcome Kevin, and his wife, Marcey, to the Mets family.”
Long spent the last eight seasons in the Bronx and is credited with helping turn Curtis Granderson into a power hitter. With the team moving the right field in and not hiring Long, they are showing commitment to their right fielder.
“I’m excited to get the opportunity to work with a team that I think is on the rise,” said Long. “I had a great meeting with Sandy and Terry yesterday and I can’t wait to get started and help in any way I can.”
Prior to joining the Yankees, Long was the hitting coach for the Triple-A Omaha Royals from 2002-2003 and the Double-A Wichita Wranglers’ from 2000-2001. Long was named the Northwest League Manager of the Year after leading Spokane to the title in 1998. He began his coaching career with Wilmington in the Carolina League in 1997.
The Mets moved quickly in hiring Long because there was a demand for his services. Even though the Yankees moved in a different direction, Yankee GM Brian Cashman praised Long after he let him go.
“The 2014 season, as we all know, we struggled from start to finish producing consistent runs,” Cashman said on a conference call after his three-year contract extension was announced. “Kevin spoke to it at the end of the season. He tried everything. I don’t think anyone works harder.”