Dodgers outfielder and former Met Curtis Granderson believes Mets' hitting coach Kevin Long has what it takes to succeed in a managerial role.
Long recently interviewed for the Mets' manager position on Friday as the team continues to look for Terry Collins' successor. Among the wide array of candidates are Brad Ausmus, Alex Cora, Robin Ventura, and Joe McEwing to name a few.
Granderson, though, feels that Long can make an impact in the manager role despite his lack of experience.
"Managing is a whole different thing," Granderson told The Post's Mike Puma, "That doesn't necessarily mean that [Long] can't do it or he can do it, it's just completely different than something he's done before."
"If that were to happen, then obviously he would be up for the challenge. He's always energetic, he communicates, which I think is the biggest thing a manager needs to have."
What Long lacks in experience he makes up for with his respect in the Mets' clubhouse. Having been the team's hitting coach for the past three seasons, he has built relationship with players and they respect him. Granderson has an even stronger bond having had Long as his hitting coach with the Yankees for four seasons before joining the Mets.
"And I think part of that comes from the communication," Granderson spoke of the bond Long has with the players. "Sometimes you are going to hear things you may not want to hear and sometimes you need to take somebody out of their corner to motivate you and give you that confidence. It's always good to have just that dialogue and conversation instead of wondering what is going on and I think he does a good job."
Whether he receives the promotion to manager or not, Long will stay with the Mets through the 2018 season.