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Cage Rat: Lessons from a Life in Baseball by the Yankees Hitting Coach Hardcover – April 26, 2011

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From Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long—the man who coaches all-stars like Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Robinson Cano—comes this indispensable guide to hitting, full of practical advice, behind-the-scenes baseball action, and an enduring, inspiring love for America's national pastime

The legendary Ted Williams often said that "hitting a baseball is the most difficult thing to do in sport." If hitting a baseball is that hard to do, imagine trying to teach how to hit. Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long does just that every day to some of the best players in the game.

In Cage Rat, Long draws on more than twenty years of experience playing and coaching professional baseball to demonstrate to readers the techniques, practices, and habits of great hitting. From bat angle to grip, and from plate coverage to athletic stance and hitting drills, Long takes us into the Yankees' batting cage, where he shows us how major-league players hone their hitting and refine their skills.

Not just a practical guide to hitting, Cage Rat is also a dynamic, engaging, and moving portrait of a man realizing his goals. From his early days in the minor leagues to his major league dreams of playing with the Kansas City Royals, from the dramatic decision to turn to coaching to the fateful call from the New York Yankees, Kevin Long's story is a quintessentially American narrative that celebrates hard work, perseverance, and a positive attitude.

Chock-full of practical advice, behind-the-scenes action, instructional photographs, and inspirational stories, Cage Rat is a must-read for 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; First Edition edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061994995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061994999
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,242,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By brooks on June 8, 2011
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Besides having all the information one would need on how to hit a baseball, "Cage Rat" is a great tutorial on the value of setting goals, hard work, and perseverance against long odds. The book gives insight into the lifestyle of minor league and major league baseball. It is a very interesting read.
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By Paul Craig on May 4, 2014
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Great, GREAT book. This is how you get it done and live your life. A very inspirational book to read.
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By William Cortes on March 27, 2014
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I was really interested in learning what the life of a minor league ball player was like and what the life of a major league coach was like as well. Its interesting to see how tough it is to try to make it to the big leagues and have a family at the same time. I really liked the instructional portion of the book as well. I would have liked to see more do's and don'ts as to how to properly hit but all in all it was a good book.
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By david randall on October 25, 2013
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Well written. Provides a good insight into the life of a batting/hitting instructor. Wished it had a bit more depth on troubleshooting skills/drills but otherwise - a good and enjoyable read.
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