Washington Nationals’ Hitting Coach Kevin Long, who’s expected to be back for a third year on the bench in the nation’s capital in 2020, has now been a part of three clubs that went a long way in October.
Before Game 7 of the World Series last month, Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez was asked what kind of asset the veteran coach has been since he was hired as part of his staff, and how the one-time New York Yankees and New York Mets’ hitting coach has been able to work with an assortment of players, young and old, to get the most out of the Nationals’ hitters.
“He’s been awesome, he really has,” Martinez said. “The big thing with K-Long is he’s very information — information overload. Very on top of everything, and very studious. Gives players, hitters all the information they need. But yet he makes it fun for the boys. They get together in the cage and he’s got all these little things that he does with them to kind of keep them loose and make it fun for them.”
It’s not all fun and games, of course, as the second-year manager explained.
“He pays attention to detail and he treats each hitter individually. A lot of times you get caught up on just…