PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Phillies have found their new hitting coach for the 2022 season. Kevin Long, who was the Washington Nationals hitting coach last season, will join Joe Girardi’s staff in the same role, The Athletic reported on Monday.
News: Kevin Long is going to join Joe Girardi's staff as a hitting coach, sources tell me and @MattGelb.
The former Nationals hitting coach will be reunited with Girardi and Rob Thomson, who he coached with in New York. Will also be reunited with Bryce Harper.
— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) October 11, 2021
Long will be reunited with Girardi and Bryce Harper. Long worked as the hitting coach of the New York Yankees while Girardi was the manager. He also worked with Harper during his final season in a Nationals uniform in 2018. Before Washington, Long worked with the New York Mets as their hitting coach from 2015-17.READ MORE: SEPTA Union Unanimously Approves Strike If Deal Isn't ReachedWest Philadelphia Shooting Leaves 2 In Critical Condition, Police Say
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