Cage Rat: Lessons from a Life in Baseball by the Yankees Hitting Coach

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From Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long—the man who coaches all-stars like Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Robinson Cano—comes the inspiring story of one man’s road to the big leagues, full of practical advice, behind-the-scenes baseball action, and an enduring, inspiring love for America’s national pastime.

In Cage Rat, Long—with help from his spirited wife, Marcey—takes readers on an unforgettable journey from his early days in the minor leagues, to his major-league dreams of ...

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Overview

From Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long—the man who coaches all-stars like Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Robinson Cano—comes the inspiring story of one man’s road to the big leagues, full of practical advice, behind-the-scenes baseball action, and an enduring, inspiring love for America’s national pastime.

In Cage Rat, Long—with help from his spirited wife, Marcey—takes readers on an unforgettable journey from his early days in the minor leagues, to his major-league dreams of playing with the Kansas City Royals, to his dramatic decision to turn to coaching, to the fateful call from the Yankees. Along with its compelling narrative, Cage Rat is also an indispensable guide to hitting. From bat angle to grip, from plate coverage to athletic stance and hitting drills, Long takes us into the Yankees’ batting cage, showing us how major-league players hone their hitting skills.

Chock-full of inspirational stories, practical advice, behind-the-scenes action, and instructional photographs, Cage Rat is a must-read for young athletes, aspiring players, Yankees fans, and anyone who loves baseball.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061995019
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 198
  • Sales rank: 380,909
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Long was named the hitting coach of the New York Yankees in 2007. Before that, he served as the hitting coach of the Triple-A Omaha Royals and the Double-A Wichita Wranglers. He made his professional coaching debut at Single-A Wilmington in 1997 after eight seasons as a player in the minors. Long played college ball at the University of Arizona, where he earned second-team All-America honors in 1989. He resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife, Marcey, and their three children, Britney, Tracy, and Jaron.

Glen Waggoner, a founding editor of ESPN The Magazine, is the coauthor of Bobby Murcer’s New York Times bestselling autobiography A Yankee for Life, as well as the bestsellers My Life In & Out of the Rough with John Daly and Clearing the Bases with Mike Schmidt. Waggoner was one of the founding fathers of Rotisserie League Baseball, which sparked the fantasy sports movement in America.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Thanks, Coach by Alex Rodriguez xiii

1 Great Expectations 1

2 Next Stop: The Big Leagues 14

3 The Gypsy Life 23

4 My Dream Changes Shape 40

5 Now Coining to the Plate, Marcey Long 51

6 "Hitting Coach, Number 54, Kevin Long..." 62

7 Getting Down to Business 73

8 Work, Work, Work and Then Work Some More 82

9 Welcome to My Office 98

10 Addition by Subtraction 117

11 The Hardest Thing 123

12 A Long Day 147

13 Meet the Other A-Team 158

14 Pleased to Meet You, Mr. President 171

Afterword: Gracias, Entrenador Robinson Cano 195

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    2 Stars

    The brevity and tone of this book are indications that the author,Kevin Long,wrote this as an ode to himself.For much of the first half of the book he tells his story of how he got to where he is now,which makes for good reading.Then when he reaches his current title,"batting coach" of the NY Yankees his tone changes from humble to almost sounding responsible for the success of Yankee hitters.Even though most of these players have been well established before he even sniffed the big leagues.Cage Rat is a decent book worthy of a weekend read if you don't feel like starting anything else.Funny how I finished this book the same day Derek Jeter reached 3,000 career hits.

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