Yankees Roster & Staff

Marcus Thames #62


Begins his first season as the Yankees' hitting coach after spending the previous two seasons (2016-17) as the club's assistant hitting coach…was named to the position on 2/5/18... In 2017, Yankees batters led the Majors with 241HR, the fourth-highest total in franchise history…scored 858R and averaged 5.30R/G, second to only Houston (896R, 5.53R/G)…outscored the Yankees' 2016 club (680R) by 178 runs, their largest year-over-year scoring increase since improving 247R from 1936-37 (excludes strike years)... In 2016, helped three players record their first career 20HR seasons (Castro, Gregorius and Sánchez)... Was a minor league hitting coach in the Yankees organization for three seasons, having served in the role for Single-A Tampa in 2013, Double-A Trenton in 2014 and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2015…in 2015, the RailRiders offense led the International League with a .271 batting average (1,332-for-4,915), 622 runs scored and a .727 OPS.


Was selected by the Yankees in the 30th round of the 1996 First-Year Player Draft…played in parts of 10 Major League seasons with the Yankees (2002, '10), Texas (2003), Detroit (2004-09) and Los Angeles-NL (2011), combining to hit .246 (450-for-1,827) with 115HR and 301RBI. Made his Major League debut and homered off Randy Johnson in his first career at-bat on 6/10/02 in a 7-5 Yankees win vs. Arizona. Hit a career-high 26HR in 110 games with the AL Champion Detroit Tigers in 2006.


Last name is pronounced "tims"…he and his wife, Danna, have three daughters, Deja, Jade and Ella Grace, and two sons, Marcus Jr. and Kole…attended East Central Community College (Miss.) and Texas State University. Actively participated in and sponsored youth baseball organizations throughout his career, including Gloves for Kids and Play Baseball Detroit…also sponsored youth baseball teams during the annual Negro Leagues Weekend. Was a member of the National Guard from 1994-98.