Long, 50, has served as hitting coach for the Mets since the 2015 season. Prior to that, he worked in the same capacity with the Yankees from 2007-14 and was also a coach in the Kansas City Royals organization after his playing career ended in 1997.
Mike Puma of the New York Post reported earlier this week that Long “has earned the trust of the Mets’ front office with his communication skills and grasp of analytics.”
He is currently not signed beyond the 2017 season, so if he misses out on the managerial position, there’s speculation he may not return. However, general manager Sandy Alderson said he expects him to stay, according to Puma.
The Tigers will also interview with the Tigers and has been rumored to be a consideration for the Red Sox, who just cut ties with manager John Farrell.