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Long embarks on his third season as the hitting coach with Washington after a 2019 campaign that saw the Nationals lead the National League in on-base percentage (.342) for the second consecutive season...Washington also ranked second in runs scored (873), batting average (.265) and OPS (.796)...In 2018, Washington's offense ranked in the top five in the National League in on-base percentage (1st, .335), runs scored (3rd, 771), OPS (3rd, .753), slugging percentage (4th, .419) and batting average (T4th, .254) in 2018...He joined the Nationals in 2018 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... 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 role 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.

PLAYING CAREER

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.

PERSONAL

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...Long is a published author, writing Cage Rat a guide to hitting that was published in 2011.

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