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Royals Nightly
Monday, March 07, 2005
 
The Perfect Storm
Terrence Long, he of the .830 career OPS, praising Tony Muser, who as a .424 career winning % as a manager, and a career OPS of umm, .631?

Not possible?

Too hilarious to ever happen?

Wrong.

From today's mlb.com fluff piece on T-Long's general greatness:

Long spent most of his one season with San Diego as a pinch-hitter, a new assignment that was made easier by former Royals manager Tony Muser, now the Padres' bench coach.

"I think it was more of a mental approach to pinch-hitting," Long said. "I'd never done it before so I spent a lot of time on the bench talking to Muser and just learning the game, learning the situations. He's a smart baseball guy so you can learn a lot. That helped me relax more and just concentrate on my job. It's an important part of the National League."

For the Padres, Long hit a career high .295 and, as a pinch-hitter, his average was .340 (17-for-50). That was the best among National League pinch-hitters with at least 50 at-bats

Believe

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