Yankees not renewing contracts of hitting coach Marcus Thames, third base coach Phil Nevin: report
Additionally, assistant hitting coach P.J. Pilittere will also not have his contract renewed, per Adler.
Thames had been a prime candidate to be let go this offseason, as the Yankees’ offense saw a decline in multiple facets this year. It was clear in the beginning of the season when it seemed the entire lineup couldn’t get anything going.
Overall, the Yankees finished 23rd in team average at .237, though they were ninth in on-base percentage (.322) and 13th in OPS (.729).
Even more telling was their average with runners in scoring position at .238, which was 26th in MLB. Also, their 412 RBI in those situations ranked 28th.
Thames, who also played with the Yankees during his career, was promoted to assistant hitting coach in 2015, followed by another promotion to hitting coach in 2017 when Alan Cockrell was relieved of his duties.
Nevin came under fire after his decision to send Aaron Judge on a double by Giancarlo Stanton in the Wild Card game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park led to a potential Yankees rally fizzling.