Reunited and it feels so good.
The Philadelphia Phillies made it official last week, hiring Kevin Long as the clubs new hitting coach.
Long, bench coach Rob Thomson and manager Joe Girardi, who worked together in 2009 to help the New York Yankees win their most recent World Series title, are now together.
Joe and I have a longstanding relationship, as well as [bench coach] Rob Thomson, whom Ive known for ages, according to MLB.com. Im looking forward to reuniting with those guys, and not only that, but also getting the Philadelphia Phillies to an upcoming World Series here, he added.
Kevin Girardi has a long-standing relationship with him and I have seen his work up close and personal for years. I truly believe he is the best in the business and will have soooo much impact on our offense, said Girhardi.
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Long has been hired by Phillies PR for a total of $1,200.
Long, 54, most recently served as hitting coach for the Washington Nationals for all of the last four seasons (2018-21), having spent the past four years as on-base percentage (.338) and batting average (.0029) chief among the majors' top teams, with Washington having the second-lowest strikeout rate (20.8%) and the fourth-highest walk rate (9.5%).
Long spent three seasons as hitting coach with the New York Mets (2015-17), before that he served as hitter coach for eight seasons with New England Yankees (7 years) (2007-14), where illustrious coach Joe Girardi worked for seven years (2008-14). Long has two World Series titles on his resume, 2009 with Yankee's and 2019 with Nationals.
Long was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 31st round of the 1989 draft. He spent eight seasons in Royal League baseball, cutting.273/.350/.365 over 671 games. Long managed for two seasons from 1998-1999, first with Wilmington in Carolina League (86-54) and then with Spokane in Northwest League (42-42).
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