Long Duk Dong back for three more years

The Yankees and hitting coach Kevin Long have agreed to terms on a new deal to keep the miracle worker in the Bronx for three more years.

Long made $1.2 million over the three years on his recently-expired contract and is expected to get a raise with this new deal, though terms of the pact were not released. It comes as no surprise that Long earned a raise as he resurrected Curtis Granderson’s hitting in late August and worked wonders with Swish Dog (postseason notwithstanding), among many other things. Plus all the hitters seem to love him.

In addition, the contracts of first-base coach Mick Kelleher, third-base coach Rob Thomson and bench coach Tony Pena all expired on Sunday, but each is expected to be back in 2011.

Also, bullpen coach Mike Harkey will most likely replace Dave Eiland as pitching coach, and Single-A Staten Island manager Josh Paul is expected to replace Harkey.

More importantly, Jeet and Mo will become free agents five days after the World Series ends and we’ll find out soon enough what the future holds in store for those future Hall of Famers.


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  • DirtyWater

    Yeah that Kevin Long’s a genius…really fixed Granderson turning him from a .249 hitter into a .247 hitter…other great coups for Long Jeter (down 60pts from last year 40 points career) Texiera (down 40 from 2009 down 30 career) Arod (down 16 from 2009 down 30 career)Posada down 40 from 2009 down 30 career)Cervelli (down 20 from 2009)…plus the amazing results he got outta Johnson, Berkman ,Winn and every AA kid brought up…

    Yeah can see why they only let Eiland go….

    • Andrew Corselli

      From the time Long worked with Grandy in August, Grandy started raking. You clearly didn’t watch the team if you disagree. Also, Jeter refused to work with Long until late in the season, when he did he started hitting better.