Yanks, Kevin Long agree to three year deal

Fan Confidence Poll: November 1st, 2010
The Yankees and Hisashi Iwakuma

Via George King, the Yankees and hitting coach Kevin Long have agreed to a new three-year contract. Terms of the deal are unknown, though Long’s previous contract paid him about $400,000 annually, and King says he’ll get a raise. He’s served as the Yankees’ hitting coach since 2007, and by all counts he’s done a marvelous job. The players all love him and give him credit for helping them, and there has been some tangible evidence of his magic, namely Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher.

The contracts of Rob Thomson, Mick Kelleher, Tony Pena, and Mike Harkey all expired yesterday, though they’re expected to remain with the club.

Fan Confidence Poll: November 1st, 2010
The Yankees and Hisashi Iwakuma
  • FIPster Doofus

    Excellent news. Great way to start the week.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Still underpaid. K-Long is a coaching savant.

  • CBean

    Yay! K Long for President!

  • Clay Bellinger

    No surprise, but still pretty awesome to have him back.

  • larryf

    Very good. I hope Pena stays since I think Joe G. leans on him alot and he will be an important part of Montero’s adjustment to the bigs.

    • Mr. Furious

      Agreed. I love Peña, and I was very nervous about him potentially being hired by the Pirates. Luckily, he doesn’t appear to be on their radar.

      • The Three Amigos

        Agreed Pena is great and will be a key asset in the development of Montero’s catching ability.

    • China Joe

      As and added bonus, Pena usually has the best in-the-dugout reactions for big plays

  • pat

    Pay that man his money.

    • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      (Holds Oreo near ear to listen to it split apart.)

      • Betty Lizard

        My day? Made!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Long for the win.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Here’s to finding a pitching coach that can re-vamp AJ & Joba the same way K-Long did with Curtis and Swish

    • larryf

      if those two could throw changeups for strikes…..easy to say

    • LarryM.,Fl.

      Yes, K-Long improved their performance by quieting their hands at the plate much as Jeter’s timing mechanism is off and needs adjustment. It could mean the hitting Jeter of yesterday year. As far as the Joba and AJ, their is a coach out there who can help and simplify their release point consistency but I don’t know his name. Mabe it was a combination of Ehlands personal issues and the inability of Aj and Joba to consistently perform the change(s).

      Oh, well the high hopes for the new year will be bulting each day when the World Series comes to a cose. Can’t wait for pitchers and catchers.

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for

    But wait we didn’t hit against Texas WTF?!?


  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    Don’t forget about the work he did with Robbie. He spent all that time working with him in the Dominican Republic (I think) last winter and Robbie gives a lot of the credit for his increased power to Long and his home run drill.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    wow 3 years for a hitting coach is really long. Good for him.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Glad he’s back, now to sign his pitching counterpart.

  • jackstrawelf

    Not liking this. The Yanks didnt hit at all in the postseason or against good pitching all year and alot of the Yanks had career worst averages this season as well. Yes he can fix a swing but he is not teaching hitting that will benefit them long term. A-Rod changed his stance 3 times in the Texas series alone, that shows major lacks of confidence and opposing pitchers saw that and crushed us. Forget Kevin Long—Tony Pena is the way to go.

    • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

      Um, do the words ‘Curtis Granderson’ mean anything to you?

    • Brendan

      Do the words Colby Lewis, Patick O’Sullivan, Bryan Bullington, Josh Tomlin and Jake Arrieta mean anything to you? Those are a few on the slop throwing slugs this team lost to this year. He is right. Long is like that alcoholic uncle you continue to defend. I know all you saber-metricians will play the we lead the league in runs scored every year card but remember the Stein-brenner doctrine. Championships or nothing. Since this goof has been the hitting coach the offense has always sputtered in the playoffs(07, 10), they missed the playoffs in 08 and if not for a certain 3b-men it would have been anemic during the title run of 09. He cottles these guys too much. That is whay the players love him. Get ready to hear ” Well we hadn’t seen him and he changed speeds real well” after some turd that teams like the Sox, Rangers and Angels light up spins a gem. This is a bad move

      • Mister Delaware

        The 1927 Yankees lost to Hal Wiltse! Three motherfucking times!! Hal “20 Career Wins” Wiltse!!! The 1927 Yankees sucked!!!!!!!

  • Betty Lizard

    Long is like that alcoholic uncle you continue to defend.

    This is where I should have stopped reading.

    At least, since I did, unfortunately, keep reading, I can now point out to you that the word is “coddles” not “cottles.”

    Responding to the rest of this rant would be like trying to give form and structure to spittle.

  • Shane19

    True that some players had career low avgs but that is a direct result of their inability to hit with a runner at 3rd and less than two outs all year. Not that difficult to hit a flyball and that isn’t Long’s responsibility. He has made major differences in every player’s swing for the better. Colby Lewis isn’t a big name but he was great throughout the entire playoffs and will have the Rangers’ only WS win after tonight. This is the right move. The players have to be held accountable to hit the ball. The Rangers out pitched and out played the Yankees.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      …inability to hit with a runner at 3rd and less than two outs all year.

      The Yankees hit .311/.389/.522 with a man on third and less than two outs this year, 14% better than league average.

  • Kiko Jones

    Setting aside the spelling, punctuation, and grammar, would someone kindly not just dismiss him outright and point out what they think is wrong with Brendan’s assertions. Is he completely wrong? I mean, a lineup like the one in the Bronx routinely manhandled by a half-decent pitcher they’ve never seen before has become way too frequent, along with the stranded runner count. Is this just perception or is there some truth here? And if the blame for hitting woes falls squarely—and exclusively—on the shoulders of the hitters themselves, fine. But if not, bringing back Long for 3 years is not the most brilliant of ideas.

    • Brendan

      Good evening gentleman. I will use every ounce of my bachelors’ degree in this post. I hope I can do Emily Post proud with proper grammar, punctuation, and etiquette. My sincerest apologies to all readers of River Avenue Blues, the family, friends, and fans of Kevin Long for making so many mistakes in a public forum for Yankee fans worldwide. I had been up since 3:30am with my 12 week old daughter who suffers from acid reflux. This is not an excuse I just didn’t know so many rhode scholars’ logged onto this site. I promise it will not happen again. Thank you Kiko for being cool and a classy fan. I will just ask you all if Dave Eiland was held to such strict standards as a coach for failure when his pitchers didn’t perform why then is Kevin Long getting rewarded for the hitters not getting it done in the post season? Thank you and good night.

      • Mister Delaware

        Do you really believe any team ever (and therefore any hitting coach ever) has gone an entire season without a few losses to nobody pitchers?

  • Kiko Jones

    Yeah, that’s it right there: was K-Long not held to the same standard as Dave Eiland? So much to answer for…

    And best of luck to you and your little one, Brendan.

    • Brendan

      Thanks Kiko. I am glad you were able to see the sarcasm in my last post. Indeed an explanation would be nice justifying the Long re-signing to coincide with the Eiland firing.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joe Pawlikowski

        There were obviously reasons outside Eiland’s performance that he was fired. Cashman made that pretty clear when he said that the decision to fire him was his, and that Girardi could not have swayed him.

        To your postseason point, I don’t think there’s anything to it. A hitting coach’s job is not to goad his hitters into being hot 100% of the time. His job is to help players hone their swings, which it is clear that he does well. Every year we hear half the players on the team sing Long’s praises. Just because they slumped during the playoffs does not mean that the hitting coach is ineffective. The Yankees’ bats have slumped in the playoffs before Long became hitting coach, and they will slump in the playoffs afterwards.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joe Pawlikowski

        Also, your sarcastic reply to a single commenter’s dismissal does you no favors. Nor does painting “saber-metricians” with a broad stroke.