November 24, 2006
Is New Hitting Coach A-Rod's Man?
Sounds like it. From the News -
Spring training is still months away, but Kevin Long already has begun work in his new job as the Yankees' hitting coach. He has had lunch with Alex Rodriguez to plan an offseason routine and will visit A-Rod at his winter home in Miami to help prepare him for camp.
Long and A-Rod formed a bond during spring training, too, because one of Long's former pupils in the Royals' system, Raul Ibañez, raved about him. Like Rodriguez, Ibañez lives in Miami during the winter, and told A-Rod, "You're going to love this guy."
"I'm pretty technical, as far as breaking down a swing, and Alex understands how the swing works," Long said. "He really enjoys the technical part of it.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at November 24, 2006 07:53 AM
"and Alex understands how the swing works"
He can't understand it THAT well if he couldn't figure out how to cut down on his swing-and-miss problem.
I understand that smoking cigarettes is really bad for me, but it isn't easy to stop.
Plenty of doctors are overweight.
Just because you understand something doesn't necessarily mean that you can consistently model your behavior around that understanding.