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Source: Kevin Long to interview for Mets' hitting coach position

Yankees batting coach Kevin Long at spring training

Yankees batting coach Kevin Long at spring training on Feb. 27, 2012. Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

Kevin Long could be one step closer to making a crosstown move.

Long, who recently was fired by the Yankees, will interview Wednesday for the Mets' vacant hitting coach position, a source confirmed.

The Mets have had their eye on the highly-regarded Long from the start of their hiring process. They reached out to him last week just to gauge his interest in the job. The Mets consider him a high-profile candidate.

Long is believed to be the first to be granted a formal interview by the Mets.

Long, 47, teaches a patient and disciplined hitting approach that is favored by general manager Sandy Alderson. Long also earned rave reviews for his work with Curtis Granderson when both were with the Yankees.

The Mets' offense could use a boost after finishing in the middle or near the bottom of the National League in multiple statistical categories.

The Mets went through two hitting coaches this season. Dave Hudgens was fired on Memorial Day. He recently was hired by the Astros as hitting coach.

The Mets promoted Lamar Johnson from his post as minor-league hitting coordinator. But after finishing the season as the hitting coach, Johnson will return to a minor-league role next season.


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