Yankees hire Marcus Thames as High-A hitting coach


The Yankees have hired Marcus Thames as the hitting coach for their High-A Tampa affiliate, the club announced. He joins long-time manager and former Yankee Luis Sojo, the winningest manager in Florida State League history.

Thames, 35, last played with the Dodgers back in 2011. He was originally drafted by the Yankees back in 1996 and broke into the show with them in 2002, famously homering off Randy Johnson on the first pitch he saw as a big leaguer. He’s perhaps best remembered around these parts for being a force off the bench back in 2010 — .288/.350/.491 with a dozen homers. Thames is a super nice guy and incredibly easy to like, so I wish him well down in Tampa. Plus, you know, I get to link to this.


  1. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Beats hiring him as fielding instructor.


  2. Steve (different one) says:

    “Close your eyes and swing as hard as you can”

  3. Josh says:

    Oh man, I was at the game. It was absolutely crazy.

  4. RetroRob says:

    Hitting coach? Or hidden RH’d DH?!

    • Yankee Insider says:

      Both…. Was he really that good of a hitter to be a hitting coach??? He’ll just make everyone swing for the fences but I do think since he was a player under K long as a hitting coach he probably learned alot.

  5. JohnHD says:

    Wow. Its surprising but nevertheless nice to see a familiar face back at the organization.

    • vin says:

      How hilarious would it be if all future Yankees did that bat flip because of his tutelage?

    • Normando says:

      If you look in the dictionary under “badass,” this is what you see.

    • RetroRob says:

      Still one of the single best photos over the past several years. Look at everyone in the background, the fans in the stands and the umpire. They’re all looking up, wondering if it’s a HR. One man in the park knows. The one flipping the bat.

  6. vin says:

    Thames in 2010, Andruw in 2011 and Chavez last year. Cashman has had some good pickups.

    It’s good too see Marcus back in the organization.

  7. Jacob The OG (formerly Jacob) says:

    One of my all time favorite moments ever, one of my favorite games too

  8. jon says:

    I was at that game, will remember it always

  9. The Oberamtmann says:

    He always seemed like the type to just swing. I never thought he knew hitting mechanics.

  10. mikeymikee says:

    Was at that game! Great moment.

  11. Havok9120 says:

    Man was that a fun game.

    Whether they contribute or not, it’s always fun to see guys back in the organization after they are done playing.

  12. trr says:

    On the suface, this is a head-scratcher

    • Bo Knows says:

      Why? Usually it’s the other guys who are the ones most in tune with what makes for good mechanics, mostly due to the fact they have to focus on it because they don’t have the natural ability that the superstars possess.

      On top of that, Thames has always seemed to have good stance, posture, hands position, with a good short/quick stroke. If he can teach that to the boys down in Tampa, that can only be seen as a plus.

  13. Mykey says:

    And that’s the last time anyone in AAA hit a breaking ball.

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