Locker Blogger interviews Kevin Long

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It’s amazing how these guys can pick up on such subtle problems with a swing, just by looking at it. I hope to one day be that smart. Or that attentive.

(h/t Fack Youk)

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  • Free Mike Vick

    Lets ALL go watch video! YAY VIDEO!

    • Doug

      Fantastic interview, A-1.

      It was mind-BLASTING. Mind-BLASTING!

      /russell peters

  • Salty Buggah

    Did he say Milky Cabrera?

    How does one become a hitting coach anyway? I know they are former players (that usually weren’t really that good). But how do you learn about all the mechanics and stuff about hitting for each player?

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Step 1: Be a shitty hitter
      Step 2: Figure out why you’re a shitty hitter (that’s the hard part)
      Step 3: Tell other guys to not do what you did

    • Drew

      Eh, you can say that about anything. How does a crappy soccer player become a soccer coach, crappy Basketball player become a basketball coach?

      It’s funny, most great, even good players are poor coaches because they can’t relate to those players with “normal” or average ability.

      As the old saying goes, those who can’t do, teach.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona


        It’s, “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.”

        • Drew

          NO, my saying is slightly older.


      • Accent Shallow

        Yup. For the zillionth time, one of my favorite baseball quotes:

        “You hold it like this, and you throw the shit out of it.” – Steve Carlton, when asked how to throw his slider.

        (On a more instructive note, Steve Carlton’s official webpage has a section explaining how to throw his slider. Link here:

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Once Kevin Long retires from coaching, I assume he’s going to take up acting to portray “Gangster Tough #2″ in various non-Italian mob movies.

    He looks like such a quintessential Irish (or possibly Russian) wiseguy muscle in that windbreaker stretched over his hunched shoulders. He’d be great in The Departed 2: Dignam’s Revenge.

  • dkidd

    long seems like a great coach. emotionally intelligent but not a “guru” type. no ego but not a wallflower

    he needs a “getsomesleep coach”

    did i hear correctly that long calls jorge “sahdo”?

    • whozat

      a bunch of guys do. Jeter does. It’s some in-joke from pretty early in his career, though I can’t remember exactly what.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      I think he called him “Sado”. A take off of his last name. Instead of SADA it turned into SADO.

      • Accent Shallow

        In 1995, Bob Shepherd referred to Jorge as “Jorge Posado”. It stuck with Jeter, among others.

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Kevin Long on using video to work with hitters:

    “My eyes… I’m going to see it during the game. They might feel something. But, ultimately, the video won’t lie to us.”

    Just. Like. Statistics.

    • TheLastClown

      But the statistics offer little to no help in the way of correcting the mechanical errors that are resulting in said statistics.

      Since he watches every game closely & studies micro & macro samples via video, I think that what he “sees with his eyes” is probably pretty accurate.

      Although I don’t know if I’m actually refuting the essence of your post.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        “Although I don’t know if I’m actually refuting the essence of your post.”

        I hear what you’re saying, but no, I highlighted that quote in a totally different context.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          PS: I’m sure I don’t need to write this and I don’t like flatly explaining the intent of my original comment, but I meant that in this case that video = statistics, but I didn’t mean they’re used for the same purposes. Like, the video is the historical record for the hitting coach, and the statistics are the historical record for the analyst, and each is the best evidence in each of those contexts, respectively (as opposed to anecdotal evidence and narratives).

          • TheLastClown

            Yup, I agree, and I figured that’s what you were alluding to.

            • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Cool… I didn’t mean to come off like you didn’t get what I meant. Just figured I’d further clarify my intent since your response was reasonable.

              On a different note… Come on clock, get a move on. Hour and a half to go.

              • TheLastClown

                Honestly. I had tickets all squared away to go tonight, and had to give em up as I had to go to a last minute meeting.

                A(las + lack), it was cancelled as I was walking through the door, and now…well…now I’m busying myself with trying to pull gossamer non-meanings from your formatting & syntax.


                T minus 1:05…

                Also, as I was crossing the street, in the crosswalk, there was a car approaching, driver texting, not noticing the red light. She screeched to a halt, nearly hitting me. I pointed at her, with an angry scowl, and she couldn’t look away, probably because she was driving a convertible, top down. As I walked up to drop a few colorful words, I noticed she was wearing a Yankees, so, still scowling angrily, I yelled, “GO YANKEES!”

                The mixture of panic & laughter on her face was priceless.

                • TheLastClown

                  Wearing a Yankees cap*

                • Mike HC

                  hahaha, funny.

      • Matt ACTY/BBD

        But the statistics offer little to no help in the way of correcting the mechanical errors that are resulting in said statistics.

        Well, this may be a stretch–and I’m also stretching the definition of stretch here–but if we look at batted ball data, we could see a problem. For example, if a guy’s FB rate is spiking, we could infer that the player is dropping his shoulder.

        • TheLastClown

          Sounds like Stretch Armstrong to me :)

          Not that you couldn’t infer some such thing, but it feels like using a microscope to read a book to me.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      68% of statistics are made up on the spot.

      Stephen Colbert

      • kimonizer

        Statisticians are the only people who can turn bullshit into bullets

        -Nikita Khruschev

    • Joba Powers (all I needs is a jheri curl mullet)

      “If you torture the data long enough, it will confess to anything!”

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Solomon Grundy crush puny Superfriends.

        -Solomon Grundy

  • Phil “Bud” Selig

    Well we know how Michael Kay’s long lost brother, I mean Kevin Long got the job with the Yankees.
    They even sound alike.

    • JMK aka The Overshare


  • Tank Foster

    Jorge is a second hitting coach….”If I have a question, I’ll say ‘hey Jorge, I see something in Cano’s swing here on this video, what do you think?'”

    I’m fine with that, as long as we don’t ask him how many outs there are. Oh and no baserunning lessons from Jorgie, either.

    Hitting coach? Yes. First or third base coach? No.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Heh, totally. I can’t point to a specific comment and I don’t have the patience/motivation to look back through the RAB archives, but I know for a fact that there have been a bunch of comments here in the past about people thinking Posada would make a good manager in his post-playing career. I’ll give a strong pass to those suggestions.

      • Matt ACTY/BBD

        I pray that Derek Jeter never becomes a Yankee manager. If I had to pick anyone who’s got a future in coaching, I’d say it’s Mo as a pitching coach or more likely a bullpen coach.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          I don’t know if there’s anyone on the team who we have reason to believe would make a good coach or manager. That’s not to say none of them would, I’m just not sure why fans seem to think some of them would. Short of a manager or coaches saying something like ‘so-and-so will make a good manager someday because he’s a smart guy who knows the game and has a good temperament for the job,’ kind of like we used to hear about Girardi, we don’t have any reason to think any of them would be good coaches/managers.

          • Matt ACTY/BBD

            Fair enough. Mo just strikes me as the teaching type.

            • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Eh, I really can’t see a first-ballot hall of famer, with a bunch of kids at home, sitting in the bullpen with a clipboard for 162+ games a year as a second-tier guy on the coaching hierarchy. Mike Harkey? That I can see. But not someone like Mariano Rivera.

              • thurdonpaul

                i think i remember Mo saying he would not coach, i could be wrongand he could certainly change his mind

              • leokitty

                But Mariano already does work with everybody if you believe what people say.

                I don’t think he’ll be a fulltime coach because it doesn’t seem to be his style, but I bet they bring him in when they need to.

          • Mike HC

            I think Teix acts like a bit of a coach on the field already. He is very vocal and very demonstrative. He also seems to relate well to both the pitchers and the hitters. If I had to choose anyone, I go with Teix. Or maybe Matsui in Japan, but I don’t know if that counts.

          • thurdonpaul

            how about swisher for manager, he could pitch too

  • Matt M.

    did he say cano doesn’t use video?

    • whozat

      Cano just naps.

  • crapulent aka I said good day sir

    I’ve read Arod interviews where he talks about working with K-Long. Alex has said he wants input and feedback. I think that to know how to approach each of these guys based on their personal styles is probably more art than science whereas the actual analysis is more science than art. Even an interview can be shaky so that you’re not taking too much credit for their success even though we know that he has a lot to do with correcting them when they’re out of whack.

  • JM


    Derek Jeter, SS
    Johnny Damon, LF
    Mark Teixeira, 1B
    Alex Rodriguez, 3B
    Hideki Matsui, DH
    Robinson Cano, 2B
    Nick Swisher, RF
    Melky Cabrera, CF
    Jose Molina, C
    A.J. Burnett, P


    Chone Figgins, 3B
    Bobby Abreu, RF
    Torii Hunter, CF
    Vladimir Guerrero, DH
    Kendry Morales, 1B
    Maicer Izturis, 2B
    Juan Rivera, LF
    Jeff Mathis, C
    Erick Aybar, SS
    John Lackey, P

    LINEUPS! OH BOY! I got them off ESPN. The Yankees should be more like the Red Sox and rest their regulars so that they can be ready for next season. Next season, the Yankees will be one month behind the Red Sox!