Phillies reunite hitting coach Kevin Long with manager Joe Girardi and Bryce Harper

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The Philadelphia Phillies continued to upgrade their training personnel today, employing previous Washington Nationals striking coach Kevin Long to the exact same function, the group revealed Wednesday.

Long is an user-friendly fit with the Phillies, as he has connections to both supervisor Joe Girardi and super star outfielder Bryce Harper. Long belonged to Girardi’s personnel with the New York Yankees for numerous years, and he was commonly credited for assisting long time outfielder Curtis Granderson use his raw power.  Long later on had multi-year stints with the New York Mets and with the Nationals, where he dealt with Harper for a season prior to Harper left through totally free company.

“I have had a long-standing relationship with Kevin and have seen his work up close and in person for years,” Girardi stated in a declaration. “I truly believe he is the best in the business and will have a huge impact on our offense.”

Long will be trying to enhance a Phillies offense that sputtered under previous striking coach Joe Dillon. The Phillies as a unit ranked 13th in the majors in runs scored along with 20th in wRC+. (wRC+ is a FanGraphs metric that changes for ballpark, to name a few variables, and effectively weighs on-base portion.) The Phillies had 2 specific dissatisfactions in their lineup, in 3rd baseman Alec Bohm and shortstop Didi Gregorius. 

Top executive Dave Dombrowski has actually given that confessed that Gregorius might not go into next spring slotted in as the Phillies’ beginning shortstop, which the group will pursue a “middle-of-the-order” player this winter season.

The modification at striking coach isn’t the only modification the Phillies have actually made this offseason. They likewise worked with Miami Marlins supervisor Don Mattingly’s boy, Preston, to run their farm system. The Phillies still need to employ a brand-new infield coach after dismissing Juan Castro, and will deal with Long to discover a brand-new assistant striking coach.

The Phillies’ moves been available in reaction to them extending their playoff dry spell to ten years in a row. The Phillies have actually completed with a .500 or much better record simply 3 times over that stretch, including this season.



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