Fired by Yankees, Kevin Long could be a candidate for Mets hitting coach

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Kevin Long was fired as hitting coach of the Yankees yesterday after eight seasons on the job, but he might not have to look very far for his next opportunity.

The Mets fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens back in May and let go of Lamar Johnson, his replacement, and assistant hitting coach Luis Natera following the season. Upgrading the roster would be the best elixir for the offense, but Long is an interesting candidate given his history with Curtis Granderson, who hit just .227/.326/.388 with 20 home runs and 66 RBI during his first season with the Mets. Even putting that relationship aside, he’s obviously beyond qualified. It’s just a matter of whether he sees eye-to-eye with Sandy Alderson’s philosophy. There are also plenty of hitting coach gigs available at the moment.