Meadowdale graduate Don Long hired as hitting coach for Cincinnati Reds

Don Long

Don Long, a 1980 Meadowdale High School graduate, has been hired as hitting coach by the Cincinnati Reds.

New Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price announced the club’s Major League coaching staff heading into the 2014 season in a press release on Wednesday.

Long, 51, spent the last three seasons as minor league hitting coordinator for the Atlanta Braves following a three-year stint as the Pirates’ Major League hitting coach. Before he went to Pittsburgh, in 1999 he was the Philadelphia Phillies’ roving hitting instructor and from 2000-07 served as that organization’s minor league hitting coordinator.

Long has 11 years of minor league managerial experience, all in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization, and three times was voted his league’s Manager of the Year. The former switch-hitter was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the third round of the 1983 draft and played three seasons in their farm system.

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