In last September's Triple A World Series, someone told Vancouver's Terrence Long that a minor league official had allegedly said the Canadians didn't have enough hitting to win. Long needed to hear no more—he batted .429, led his team to the title and was named Series MVP. At the start of spring training in February, Oakland manager Art Howe said Long was something of a long shot to make the A's. Long needed to hear no more—he batted .410 through the first 13 exhibition games to establish himself as the favorite for the starting centerfield job. Although he's still something of a free swinger, Long is a speedy (20-plus stolen bases in four of six minor league seasons), powerful and graceful outfielder who, on his best days, does a pretty mean Andy Van Slyke imitation.