He got pulled not because he slowed - he'd given up just three hits and one run in that span - but because he hit his pitch limit, The Register-Guard wrote.
"Long's kind of mean and nasty," his pitching coach Bernie Flaherty explained to The Register-Guard after Long picked up the win. "He goes after people."
Long gave that performance in his first season as a pro. He went on to play in four more campaigns. He never made AAA.
Long's career began that year in 1990, taken by the Royals in the 22nd round of the draft out of Montgomery College in Maryland.
Long lettered in both baseball and basketball in high school. After Montgomery Junior College, he then started with the Royals at Eugene.
Long got into 16 games, starting 10 for Eugene. He went 2-4, with a 3.66 ERA. He moved to Baseball City for 1991. He went 7-3 there as a full-time reliever, with a 1.96 ERA. He also saved 10.
Long returned to Baseball City for 1992. In 20 outings there, four starts, he went 3-3, with a 1.83 ERA.
After not pitching in 1993, Long returned for 1994 at independent Winnipeg and Thunder Bay. He went 3-8, with a 6.12 ERA on the year.
He then finished out his career in 1995 back in affiliated ball with the Cardinals. He went 4-4, with a 3.74 ERA to mark his final season as a pro.
- Eugene Register-Guard, July 2, 1990: Emeralds turn things around with 4-1 win
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