Mets Hire Ex-Yank Coach Kevin Long as Hitting Coach

The Mets have hired former Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long for the same job in Flushing.

“Kevin’s experience, success and wealth of knowledge make him the perfect fit as our hitting instructor,” Sandy Alderson said in a statement on Thursday. “This is a very positive step for the Mets. We welcome Kevin and his wife Marcey to the Mets family.”

Long was in The Bronx for eight years but was fired after the Yankees endured a miserable offensive season. So he has experience watching an inept offense, which is good training for his new job.

“I’m excited to get the opportunity to work with a team that I think is on the rise. I had a great meeting with Sandy and Terry (Collins) yesterday and I can’t wait to get started and help in any way I can.”

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