The Yankees didn’t take batting practice before the game tonight. They arrived in Houston around 6 a.m. on Friday, so Joe Girardi wisely decided to give his players some extra time to rest.
But there is rarely any rest for the coaching staff. Those guys were in the clubhouse long before the media was allowed in three and a half hours before the game.
When the writers saw that Robinson Cano was out of the lineup, it made sense to ask hitting coach Kevin Long what he thought was going on.
Like anybody else who is very good at what they do for a living, Kevin is a passionate guy. He was literally getting into a stance and showing what Robbie has been doing right and wrong.
Here’s the audio:
If you’re interested in the mechanics of hitting, you should enjoy the conversation.
Beyond the hitting X’s and O’s, what I found interesting was that Long said he called Don Mattingly to get some advice. D. Baseball voiced concern that Cano was pressing because of his new contract. Cano has denied that, but it certainly would explain a lot.