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[[ Read E-pub ]] õ Cage Rat: Lessons from a Life in Baseball by the Yankees Hitting Coach Ü The Hitting Coach for the New York Yankees, Kevin Long trains power hitters in the fine art of hitting a baseball well a talent the legendary Ted Williams once called, the most difficult skill in sport In Cage Rat, the man who helps sharpen the mechanics of such superstars as Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and Alex Rodriguez shares the expertise he honed over his than two decades in the game as both player and coach With an introduction by Alex Rodriguez and an Afterword by Robinson Cano, Cage Rat is an indispensable guide to hitting, filled with practical advice, fascinating behind the scenes action, and an enduring, inspiring love for the Great American Pastime Skimmed this because Kevin Long is likely going to be the next Mets manager. When I was 11, I was selected to play for the Niskayuna Rotary Little League team I d hit pretty well at the A and AA levels, and I could catch a fly ball in left field I d been too sick to attend four out of five weeknights of major league tryouts, so unlike myqualified peers, I had the crucial advantage of not yet having demonstrated my incompetence to the coaches I got the callSimilar logic by Internet analysts buy anything that hasn t publicly failed yet explains in large pa When I was 11, I was selected to play for the Niskayuna Rotary Little League team I d hit pretty well at the A and AA levels, and I could catch a fly ball in left field I d been too sick to attend four out of five weeknights of major league tryouts, so unlike myqualified peers, I had the crucial advantage of not yet having demonstrated my incompetence to the coaches I got the callSimilar logic by Internet analysts buy anything that hasn t publicly failed yet explains in large part the NASDAQ tech bubble of the late 1990 s That first year in the majors, I batted two hundred points below the Mendoza Line You might say, I had a NASDAQ crash of my own Needless to say, Kevin Long was not my hitting coach.Fortunately for the New York Yankees, Kevin Long is their hitting coach Even better, he s a good coach, the 2012 postseason notwithstanding He s written a book, Cage Rat, describing his years as a minor league player and coach, ultimately getting the call to join the Yankees and serve as a second pair of eyes for All Stars Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixara, Robinson Cano, and the rest of the Bronx Bombers.Evenfortunately for Little Leaguers, Cage Rat presents Coach Long s instructions, with photos, on how to stand in, balance, stride, sit dead red assume a fastball is coming , and keep your head still so you can see the pitch without distortion For the professional ballplayers, Long spends hours upon hours in the video room and the batting cage his office analyzing, deconstructing, and reconstructing the mechanics of each player s swing.Imagine a book by an auto mechanic who absolutely loves being an auto mechanic He may be a bit shallow, personally, but he knows absolutely everything there is to know about steering linkages He also knows how to sweet talk and persuade the especially balky steering linkages into yielding willingly to his wrench The steering linkages love him for it That s the tone of the book.Mostly, however, this is Long s personal and professional story He struggled as a minor league player for eight years in the Kansas City organization, never quite achieving a promotion to the majors maybe he should have feigned illness during tryouts He restarted his career as a minor league coach, working his way up and eventually shifting to the Yankees organization As minor league salaries are less than table scraps, he was supported financially forthan a decade by his wife Marcie, who worked crazy hours at restaurants and bars to support their three children The wisest move K Long made in writing this book with the assistance of sportswriter Glen Waggoner was to hand Marcie the pen for a chapter plus severalpassages The ladythan earned the right to tell her story, and to sport her Yankees blue playoff scarf proudly.The behind the scenes views of the Yankees clubhouse and batting cages are limited to various stars pregame routines The limited look through the peephole in the fence that we re allowed isn t nearly as salacious as a true clubhouse expos this is no Ball Four, despite a few personality and work habit descriptions but it should satisfy fans who are truly interested in the mechanical aspects of hitting and the detailed work that goes into daily game preparation.It also serves as an excellent cover letter and resume for one Kevin Long, Professional Hitting Coach, should the need ever arise Reprinted by permission from My Two Innings blog Another easy read that shows the perserverance that Long needed to make a life in the game that he loved, even while not making the Major Leagues Long is a dedicated ballplayer one who won a College World Series and spent eight years toiling in the minor leagues before retiring , turned coach, who puts a heavy emphisis on hard work, belief in oneself, strong family bonds and a great support system to build the life you want, even if it s not the one you dreamed of having Not knowing much abou Another easy read that shows the perserverance that Long needed to make a life in the game that he loved, even while not making the Major Leagues Long is a dedicated ballplayer one who won a College World Series and spent eight years toiling in the minor leagues before retiring , turned coach, who puts a heavy emphisis on hard work, belief in oneself, strong family bonds and a great support system to build the life you want, even if it s not the one you dreamed of having Not knowing much about him, I was interested in seeing how he came to the point of life he is in now, as Yankees hitting coach, and what drove him to succeed when many others before him could not The lesson, that is constantly driven home, is kitchy, but real Hard work will pay off for you if you believe in yourself and never give up your dreams