Yankees announce 2015 coaching staff for minor leagues


While the New York Yankees haven’t made any moves to their major league coaching staff, their minor league counterparts did, adding a familiar face as a new hitting coach. Yesterday, the Double-A Trenton announced their coaching staff, but I wanted to wait until Scranton released their list so it could be in one post. So, let’s look at the coaching staff for Trenton for the 2015 season:

Manager: Al Pedrique
Pitching coach: Jose Rosado
Hitting coach: P.J. Pilittere
Defensive coach: Michel Hernandez

And here’s a look at the coaching staff for the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders:

Manager: Dave Miley
Pitching Coach: Scott Aldred
Hitting Coach: Marcus Thames
Defensive Coach: Justin Tordi

So the cat is out of the bag that Marcus Thames is the new hitting coach for Scranton, after it was speculated last month and Brian Cashman shot down the rumors at the Winter Meetings. If you need a small refresher on what Marcus Thames did as a player, here’s his career in a nutshell via Yankees PR:

Thames, 37, was a 30th-round pick by the Yankees in 1996 before spending a decade in the big leagues with the Yankees (2002, 2010), Texas Rangers (2003), Detroit Tigers (2004-09) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2011). The corner outfielder belted the first of his 115 homers in his first MLB at-bat against 2015 Hall-of-Fame inductee Randy Johnson. Thames assembled a career line of .246/.309/.485/.794. He still owns Detroit’s franchise record for best at-bat/HR ratio on a career at 14.8. He spent the 2014 season as the hitting coach with Double-A Trenton and served in the same role with Advanced-A Tampa in 2013. He played 314 games in the International League including a four-game SWB stint in 2010.


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6 Responses to Yankees announce 2015 coaching staff for minor leagues

  1. Tyler says:

    Thames is the new hitting coach for Scranton he was at Trenton last year.

  2. Celerino says:

    I think that homer was not only in his first at bat, but on the first pitch. But time may have embellished by memory.

  3. Robert Rufa says:

    I guess someone will explain why a .246 lifetime hitter is a good batting coach. At this point I'm more interested in hearing about NY's batting coach anyway, and if it's not someone who can teach how to bunt, hit behind the runner, hit to the opposite field, hit and run, keep it on the ground–in other words, the complete hitting came, which the Yankees lack–they're missing the boat. There's more to the game than the long ball. What good are solo home runs or doubles if there's no one on to drive in?

    • Not every good hitter can teach. Maybe Thames is a good teacher. Charlie lau wasn't much as a hitter but was one of the greatest hitting coaches ever. Meanwhile the great ted Williams managed the 1972 Texas rangers, who hit .217 as a team.

  4. Celerino says:

    Maybe it's counterintuitive, but the less skill you have, the more you have to know about the science and strategy involved. It's the same with pitching coaches. Most of them didn't have particularly good careers.

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