Hitting coach Kevin Long reportedly not returning to Nationals initially appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The Nationals will likely be wanting elsewhere for his or her hitting coach in 2021 and past, in keeping with a report by MLB Community Insider Mark Feinsand.
Feinsand reported Saturday afternoon that incumbent Kevin Lengthy, whose contract expires on the finish of the month, deliberate to pursue different choices outdoors of the nation’s capital.
Supply: Kevin Lengthy just isn’t anticipated to return to the Nationals as hitting coach in 2021. Lengthy’s three-year deal simply expired and he’s anticipated to pursue different choices outdoors of Washington.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) October 10, 2020
Lengthy skilled loads of success in Washington, although the precise affect of the crew’s hitting coach is unclear. The Nationals completed 10th, sixth and eighth in runs per recreation throughout Main League Baseball within the final three seasons underneath Lengthy. However underneath the earlier regime, they completed, fifth, eighth and 10th within the three previous years.
In fact, the Nationals did win the 2019 World Collection on the backs of a variety of younger hitters who developed underneath Lengthy’s tutelage, together with Juan Soto, Victor Robles and Trea Turner. And the Nats have needed to cope with attrition, shedding stars like Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon up to now two offseasons.
After agreeing to a contract extension with supervisor Davey Martinez, that is the most recent growth for the Nats teaching employees. It stays unclear how a lot turnover to count on throughout the league after a pandemic-shortened 2020 MLB season.