Cage Rat

Lessons from a Life in Baseball by the Yankees Hitting Coach

By Kevin Long; Glen Waggoner; Robinson Cano (Afterword by)
Ecco Press, Paperback, 9780061995019, 198pp.

Publication Date: March 2012

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From Yankees hitting coach Kevin Longthe man who coaches all-stars like Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Robinson Canocomes the inspiring story of one mans road to the big leagues, full of practical advice, behind-the-scenes baseball action, and an enduring, inspiring love for Americas national pastime.

In Cage Rat, Longwith help from his spirited wife, Marceytakes readers on an unforgettable journey from his early days in the minor leagues, to his major-league dreams of playing with the Kansas City Royals, to his dramatic decision to turn to coaching, to the fateful call from the Yankees. Along with its compelling narrative, Cage Rat is also an indispensable guide to hitting. From bat angle to grip, from plate coverage to athletic stance and hitting drills, Long takes us into the Yankees batting cage, showing us how major-league players hone their hitting skills.

Chock-full of inspirational stories, practical advice, behind-the-scenes action, and instructional photographs, Cage Rat is a must-read for young athletes, aspiring players, Yankees fans, and anyone who loves baseball.

About the Author
Kevin Long was named the hitting coach of the New York Yankees in 2007. Before that, he served as the hitting coach of the Triple-A Omaha Royals and the Double-A Wichita Wranglers. He made his professional coaching debut at Single-A Wilmington in 1997 after eight seasons as a player in the minors. Long played college ball at the University of Arizona, where he earned second-team All-America honors in 1989. He resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife, Marcey, and their three children, Britney, Tracy, and Jaron.Glen Waggoner, a founding editor of ESPN The Magazine, is the coauthor of Bobby Murcer s New York Times bestselling autobiography A Yankee for Life, as well as the bestsellers My Life In & Out of the Rough with John Daly and Clearing the Bases with Mike Schmidt. Waggoner was one of the founding fathers of Rotisserie League Baseball, which sparked the fantasy sports movement in America.
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