Derek Jeter will get to work early this spring. According to the New York Post, Jeter will begin working with hitting coach Kevin Long later this month. Jeter made positive strides late last season, and Long said he’s hoping to keep that progress going.
“I think we found something with his stride and the direction of his stride and going up and down with his stride instead of gaining distance and going in,” Long said. “We’re going to try to keep it as simple as we can, try to control his movement and try to get him to be more consistent through the contact point.”
According to The Post, Long spent last week working with Nick Swisher and Colin Curtis in Los Angeles. Next week he’ll work with Mark Teixeira in New York, and he plans an offseason trip to Miami to do some early work with Jorge Posada and Alex Rodriguez. Long has spoken to Russell Martin, but the two haven’t worked together just yet.
New pitching coach Larry Rothschild is also busy. According to Newsday, Rothschild has been working with A.J. Burnett, getting familiar with the Yankees No. 2 or 3 starter and working out some early details before pitchers and catchers report to spring training.
“It was just things he’s been through career-wise, what he’s done delivery-wise, what he’s comfortable with, what he’s uncomfortable with,” Rothschild said. “Just really talking about baseball more than anything else and going through some stuff, trying to make it real simple and get him throwing the ball the way he can and being able to repeat it. I think he’s very much looking forward to the start of the season.”
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