JHU baseball team gets pro tips from Yankees hitting coach

New York's Kevin Long offers instruction, advice during two-day visit

Image caption: New York Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long works with Johns Hopkins senior first baseman Jeff Lynch at the Blue Jays' on–campus practice facility.

If the Johns Hopkins baseball team shows more pop this spring, they might have a Yankee to thank. New York Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long visited the Homewood campus for two days this winter to offer baseball instruction and advice. Long, a former minor league player who became the Yankees hitting coach in 2007, met with the whole team, then gave one-on-one hitting instruction to every position player.

"It's great to have support from someone like Kevin," said Blue Jays coach Bob Babb. "They are getting some really good feedback on hitting mechanics from a professional. And it gets them thinking baseball early on, before we head into spring."

This wasn't Long's first visit to Homewood. He guest instructed last year just after Thanksgiving at the invite of a Blue Jays player with a family connection to Long.

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