New York Mets News

Kevin Long named new Mets hitting coach

By Danny Abriano
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The Mets named Kevin Long their new hitting coach on Thursday, just a day after formally interviewing him.

Long, 47, was fired by the Yankees after the season after spending eight years as their hitting coach.

In a press release issued by the team, general manager Sandy Alderson said that “Kevin’s experience, success and wealth of knowledge make him the perfect fit as our hitting instructor. This is a very positive step for the Mets. We welcome Kevin, and his wife, Marcey, to the Mets family.”

Long had the following to say about joining the Mets:

“I’m excited to get the opportunity to work with a team that I think is on the rise. 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 hiring Long, the Mets were reportedly interested in the recently retired Bobby Abreu, former Met Edgardo Alfonzo, minor league coach Valentino Pascucci, and former Met and current Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan as candidates for their hitting coach vacancy.

Thoughts:

Kevin Long was well respected by the players he worked with while with the Yankees, and his hire by the Mets is being lauded by pretty much everyone around baseball.

Long is viewed as someone who is hands-on and quick to respond to any mechanical flaws or bad habits his hitters begin to exhibit.

Still, as is always the case, Long’s success will come down to the hitters he has to work with.

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