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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