Yankees OF Brett Gardner said he can see Mets hitting coach Kevin Long in a managerial role.
Long, who will be retained for 2018, has expressed interest in becoming manager.
Gardner, who had Long as a hitting coach with the Yankees, believes he has the qualities to be a great manager.
"I can see K-Long filling that role," Gardner told NJ.com's Abbey Mastracco. "I know that's something he's done a little of in the past is manage. But as a hitting coach, I was a big fan of him. And not just as a hitting coach but as a person. I think he's got really good communication skills and he's a people person. He's always got a positive attitude that he brings to the field and to the batting cage..."
Yankees C Austin Romine agress with Gardner in that Long's communication skills are what teams look for in managers.
"The way he works with everybody and his passino for the game, it's very admirable," Romine said. "Someone who cares that much about the game really brings a good working environment. He made it fun, he made it easy. He made it very easy for me as a young guy to relax and perform. I really enjoyed working with him."
Dealing with the New York media is an essential for any manager or coach in the Big Apple. Having spent years in the city, Long has the upperhand in that category according to Gardner.
"He can communicate really, really well and you need somebody who's going to be good with the media here in New York," Gardner said. "I think he's a really good communicator. I haven't know him at all as a manager but I can imagine that he'd be pretty good at it."
Long served as the Yankees hitting coach from 2007-2014 before joining the Mets.