Fired two weeks ago after eight seasons as the Yankees’ hitting coach, Kevin Long has signed on with the Mets to fill the same role.
For the majority of Long’s tenure the Yankees had one of the elite offenses in baseball and overall from 2007-2014 they scored MLB’s second-most runs, but the lineup fell apart during the past two seasons due to aging and injuries.
Dave Hudgens was fired as the Mets’ hitting coach at midseason and his replacement, Lamar Johnson, was let go after the season ended. Hudgens has since joined the Astros as their hitting coach.
Long previously worked with Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson on the Yankees from 2010-2013, but in general will have a much different task ahead him than the veteran, star-filled lineups he’s used to. And the expectations will probably be just a tad lower, too.