Yankees Hitting Coach Kevin Long
The Yankees are returning their coaches for the 2012 season, and they always rank amongst the top in the majors.
In particular, hitting coach Kevin Long has played a huge role in the team's success on offensive recently. His most notorious success story is Curtis Granderson.
Before coming to the Yankees, Granderson was known to struggle against left-handers. In August of 2010, Kevin Long and Granderson performed some surgery on Granderson's batting stance and approach to the ball. The results were astounding.
Since then, Granderson has launched over 50 home runs and is now hitting left-handed pitching much better.
In 2010, Granderson hit .234 against lefties and .253 against right-handers, with four home runs and 20 home runs against each respectively. Last season, Granderson hit .272 against lefties and .258 against right-handers, with 16 home runs and 25 home runs against each, respectively.
Needless to say, Kevin Long's adjustments to Granderson have made him into a lethal weapon for the Yankees. Look for Long and company to continue to coach well and improve their team even more.