During his tenure with the Yankees, hitting coach Kevin Long often made offseason house calls, visiting players to offer advice during workouts.
It appears Long will revive that practice now that he's been hired by the Mets, and one of his first visits might be to a familiar address.
Long has been in touch with former Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson, who is coming off a wildly inconsistent first season with the Mets.
"I know he talked to Grandy," manager Terry Collins said Friday. "And Grandy said something about getting together."
Long and Granderson have walked a similar path. Before the 2010 season, Granderson was traded from the Tigers to the Yankees. He started poorly and missed time with a leg injury before appealing to Long.
The two took the drastic step of making major swing changes during the season. Granderson saw instant results and flourished the next two seasons, hitting 84 homers before injuries limited him to 61 games in 2013.
The Mets signed Granderson to a four-year, $60-million deal in hopes that his power would translate at spacious Citi Field, but Granderson started terribly. He recovered somewhat -- .227/.326/.388 with 20 homers and 66 RBIs -- but never was the middle-of-the-lineup threat the Mets had envisioned.
Perhaps Long can help change that again.
"Some of our guys can use some help on the mechanical side," Collins said. "I think he's going to bring a lot to the table."
The Mets reached out to Dave Magadan about the job, but a source said Long was the only candidate given a formal interview.
"He believes in the whole theory of obviously trying to get on base, trying to work the count, trying to get a good ball to hit, the whole thing," said Collins, who interviewed Long with general manager Sandy Alderson. "But one of the things he really believes in is that some mechanical things need to be done to correct some guys' swings. He's spent a long time doing it."
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