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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/30/17

Long could return as hitting coach, if not as manager; Kapler appaers to be Phillies’ choice; Nationals hire Martinez

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New York Post | George A. King III: Kevin Long has been linked to the Yankees’ managerial opening but it seems like a long shot. Long also interviewed to be the Mets and was supposed to interview with the Nationals as well, but his future remains unknown. While him being the Yankees’ next manager seems unlikely, he could still return to the team as the hitting coach again after the Yankees gave all clubs permission to interview any of their current coaches for any job.

FanRag Sports | Jon Heyman: Those of you hoping the Yankees would go outside the organization for their managerial opening will be sad to hear one of the top candidates looks to be off the table. While it hasn’t been officially announced yet, it seems like barring any unforeseen circumstances, Gabe Kapler will be the next manager of the Phillies. Kapler is currently the Dodgers’ director of player development and an announcement is expected to come either today or after the World Series is over.

Washington Post | Jorge Castillo & Chelsea Janes: Another top managerial candidate from outside the organization is also off the table as the Nationals have reportedly agreed to a three-year deal with Dave Martinez to be their new manager. Martinez most recently served as the Cubs’ bench coach and had been working with Joe Maddon since his Rays days. The two sides are finalizing the deal and the announcement will come either today or after the World Series is over.