Kevin Long has some thoughts on the Yankees firing his replacement


For the second straight year the Yankees have fired their hitting coach. This time around it was Jeff Pentland, who was let go despite the lineup scoring the second-most runs in the league during his lone season.

Last year it was Kevin Long, who was fired by the Yankees after eight seasons on the job despite the lineup scoring the second-most runs in baseball during that span. Long quickly found a new home as the Mets’ hitting coach and they’re currently two wins away from the World Series, but he was asked for his reaction to the Yankees firing Pentland after just one season and had some interesting thoughts.

Long noted that he’s “good friends” with Pentland and then told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York:

There’s times where there’s got to be somebody to take the fall. Somebody takes the blame. … It’s easy to point fingers at hitting coaches or pitching coaches or managers. Baseball is such a streaky game. You’re going to go through ups and downs. There’s always going to be a time where you can point to the offense or point to the pitching or point to the manager for maybe not pushing the right buttons. So, yeah, there’s some volatility involved in this game and you just kind of have to fight through it.

In contrast Long noted that the Mets went through some major struggles offensively earlier this season, but “we just kind of hung in there and stayed at it.”

Living well is the best revenge, too:

I don’t have any hard feelings for the Yankees and what happened there. I’m just pleased that we’re playing right now and there’s only four teams left. That’s the satisfaction I get.

And now the Yankees are in the market for another hitting coach, who could be taking the fall this time next year.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.