Phillies hire hitting coach Kevin Long, who has long history with Joe Girardi

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

Joe Girardi had to be restrained in June from the visiting dugout at Citizens Bank Park when members of the Washington Nationals coaching staff were heckling him after he asked an umpire to inspect their starting pitcher for foreign substances. In hindsight, maybe Girardi was just trying to make his way over there to hire one of them. The Phillies hired Kevin Long, who was the loudest chirper of Girardi that night, to be their new hitting coach. Long’s hiring, which a source confirmed, was first reported by The Athletic. Long and Girardi’s history goes back further than just that night. Long w…

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