Here are eight things worth knowing about Long...
1. Long was drafted by the Royals in 1989. He got as high as Triple-A before retiring as a player early in 1997. Long was a second-team All-American at the University of Arizona where he still holds the school record for extra-base hits and total bases.
2. He was a Class-A manager for the Royals, where he was named co-Manager of the Year in 1997. He later transitioned to an upper-level hitting coach, moved to the Yankees, was their Triple-A hitting coach before being promoted to the big-league team in 2007.
3. He spent eight seasons as hitting coach for the Yankees, during which they lead the league in runs three times and twice finished second.
4. He has a good reputation for working well with rookies and veterans, whether Robinson Cano or Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez.
5. Long helped Curtis Granderson retool his swing for Yankee Stadium, resulting in two 40-plus home run seasons (Carig, Aug. 2010).
6. Long preaches the same hitting principles as Sandy Alderson, specifically pitch selection in the strike zone and working counts.
7. He is still being paid by the Yankees, who will pay him $750,000 in 2015 (Boston Globe, Oct. 23).
8. Long has a DVD instructional series, Pro Hitter's Workout, which reveals techniques and strategies for becoming a successful hitter.