Yankees Roster & Staff

Marcus Thames #63

COACHING CAREER

Enters his first season as a Major League coach after being named the Yankees' assistant hitting coach on 11/2/15...is the second person to hold the position (also Alan Cockrell-2015)...Was a minor league hitting coach in the Yankees organization for three seasons, having served in the role for Class 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.

PLAYING CAREER

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 115 HR and 301 RBI...Made his Major League debut and homered in his first career at-bat on 6/10/02 in a 7-5 Yankees win vs. Arizona...Hit a career-high 26 HR in 110 games with the AL Champion Detroit Tigers in 2006.

PERSONAL

Last name is pronounced "tims"...he and his wife, Danna, have three daughters, Deja, Jade and Ella Grace, and a son, Marcus Jr....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.