While no formal announcement has been made, former Yankees outfielder Marcus Thames has retired from baseball. Subsequently, he has been hired by the Yankees to serve as hitting coach for their High-A affiliate in Tampa. Thames would mash 115 round-trippers in over 10 seasons in the majors and ends his career with an overall .246 batting average.
Thames was drafted by the Yankees in 1996 and would make his big-league debut in 2002, famously hitting a home run in his first at bat off of then-Arizona Diamondbacks left hander Randy Johnson. After getting traded to the Texas Rangers for Ruben Sierra in 2003 and spending that season in Arlington, Thames would have stops with the Detroit Tigers, second and third stints with the Yankees, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Thames' best seasons statistically were experienced with the Tigers, where in 2006 he hit 26 home runs and drove in 60 RBIs and in 2008, hit 25 home runs and drove in 56 RBIs. He was primarily used as an outfielder in all of his destinations.
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