Granderson swing is Long 'ca-ching'

Outfielder's resurgence is evidence that Yankees hitting coach deserves a raise

Updated: October 8, 2010, 5:21 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- To go along with Derek Jeter and Joe Girardi, the New York Yankees have another important member of their team who will be a free agent at the end of this postseason.

He is hitting coach Kevin Long. If this were the NFL, Long, 43, would be the young, hot assistant on the short list to lead a team.

Baseball is more of a specialty sport so, at least for now, Long is pigeonholed as a hitting coach.

Still, Long is building a strong case for a ...

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