Contrary to reports, Nationals bringing back hitting coach Long

The Washington Nationals will bring back hitting coach Kevin Long after all, mlb.com reported Thursday, following a report earlier this month that his contract would not be renewed.

An original mlb.com report said that Long would not be back after completing his three-year deal with the club. The new report now says Long, 53, will return on a one-year deal after the Nationals were fourth in baseball with a .264 team batting average during the 2020 regular season and 10th with a .769 OPS.

Long, who has also been the hitting coach for the New York Yankees (2007-14) and New York Mets (2015-17), reportedly had been one of the highest paid hitting coaches in baseball, according to The Athletic.

The Nationals did move on from pitching coach Paul Menhart, replacing him with Jim Hickey. Manager Dave Martinez is also looking for a new third-base coach after Chip Hale was not retained.

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