I managed to suit up for tonight’s Baseball Writers dinner, and while most of the baseball world seems to be anxiously awaiting Ryan Braun’s comments — which should be fascinating, one way or the other — I’m also excited to see Gene Monahan honored for his years of kindness and hard work, and to see Dave Robertson recognized for his ongoing efforts to help rebuild his hometown.
For those of you who can’t make into the city tonight, make sure to swing by Minor Matters to read the interview Josh Norris had with Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long. Norris really went in depth on a lot of topics, so be sure to head over to his blog for full details. Here are a few highlights…
• Long is making the rounds to visit some of his hitters this winter and specifically said he’s already worked with Alex Rodriguez, Andruw Jones, Francisco Cervelli, Brandon Laird and Austin Romine. He’s planning to meet with Russell Martin down in Arizona and has talked to a lot of other big leaguers.
• Speaking of Romine: The Yankees are working to eliminate Romine’s leg kick, which Long described as “really violent.” Romine started trying to eliminate it after his big league call-up last year.
• Asked about Jorge Vazquez, Long seemed uncertain at best, suggesting that last year’s Triple-A numbers suggest something close to a .200 hitter in the big leagues, and Long is “not so sure” the Triple-A production deserved a call-up.
• There’s interesting stuff in the interview about Rodriguez’s leg kick and Robinson Cano’s development of plate discipline and what makes Jesus Montero such an explosive hitter. Give it a read if you haven’t already.
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