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Long joins the Nationals as hitting coach after three seasons (2015-17) in the same role with the New York Mets and eight seasons (2007-14) in that role with the New York Yankees...Under Long's tutelage, the Mets hit a franchise-record 218 home runs in 2016, and in 2015 he was integral in the development of Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy's (then with the Mets) ascendance as one of the game's premier hitters...The Yankees led the Major Leagues in runs scored in three of his seven seasons with the club, and over the totality of his eight seasons, New York led the Major Leagues in home runs (1,584), RBI (6,206), and ranked second in runs scored (6,485)...From 2004-06, Long served as the Yankees' hitting coach at Triple-A Columbus, and in the same roles for Triple-A Omaha (2002-03), and Double-A Wichita (2000-01)...Long began his coaching career in 1998 as the manager of the Carolina League Wilmington Blue Rocks...In 1999, he was named Northwest League co-Manager of the Year after leading the Spokane Indians to the Northwest League title.

Long was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 31st round of the 1989 Draft...He played eight seasons in the Royals' Minor League system, hitting .273 with 137 doubles, 21 triples, 14 home runs, 241 RBI, 288 walks and 361 runs scored in 671 games.

Kevin Richard Long is a native of Van Nuys, Calif., but graduated from Thunderbird High School in Phoenix, Ariz...He attended the University of Arizona where he was a second-team All-American and a first-team Pac-10 selection in 1989...Long and his wife, Marcey have one daughter, Britney, and two sons Tracy and Jaron...Jaron is a right-handed pitcher in the Nationals farm system...Long is a published author, writing Cage Rat a guide to hitting that was published in 2011.

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