Getting To Know the Manager and Coaches – Marcus Thames (Hitting Coach)
by Paul Semendinger
March , 2021
What follows are some interesting, fun, and random facts, etc. regarding Marcus Thames:
In his first Major League at bat (2002), while playing for the Yankees, he homered off Randy Johnson.
Thames played for the Yankees in 2002 (7 games) and in 2010 (82 games).
In 2010, as a Yankee, Thames batted .288/12/33
In his career, Marcus Thames played for the Yankees, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, and Los Angeles Dodgers.
He hit 25 or more homers twice in his career: 2006 (26) and 2008 (25).
This will be Thames’ fourth year as the Yankees’ hitting coach. Prior to this, he was the team’s assistant hitting coach. He has been a coach in the Yankees’ system since 2013, working his way up through the minor leagues.
Last year, he was a great coach, judging by results. For the first time in franchise history, the Yankees had both the league leaders in batting average (D.J. LeMahieu) and home runs (Luke Voit) – with it not being the same person.
From 1994 to 1998, Marcus Thames served in the National Guard.