Last season when the Yankees went on their August and September run to catch the wild card, hitting coach Kevin Long was given much credit for his work with the hitters.
He was praised high and low by A-Rod and the Giambino. He was credited with turning Robinson Cano into a potential batting title candidate.
This year is the complete opposite. The Yankees simply can't hit. Their inability to hit with runners in scoring position is well publicized, but it doesn't stop there.
As a team the Yankees are down in almost every offensive category from 2007.
Most of the individual stats are down too. Melky Cabrera and Shelly Duncan never got it going and are in AAA. Jeter is below is career average and is in the top of the A.L. in hitting the double play ball.
As for Cano, he's been just plain awful.
Somehow, Long is getting a pass. If he was a genius last season, is he not a bum this season?
I'm not saying that Long should be fired, I just like to see credit given where credit is due, good or bad.