Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 1/11/13
The Yankees take care of their own. Or something. Former Yankees, Rangers, Yankees (again), and Dodgers outfielder and designated hitter Marcus Thames has apparently retired, as the High-A Tampa Yankees announced that he will be their hitting coach in 2013. Thames was never a superstar. He was not even everyday player over even one full season in the majors, as the most plate appearances he ever received in a single season was 390 in 2006. However, he was surprisingly productive despite his limited playing time. During 2006, he hit 26 home runs for the Tigers on their way to the World Series. Thames was a good example of how hitter with a limited skill set can carve out a surprisingly long career, which included his share of dramatic hits. Thames, drafted by the Yankees in the 30th round of of the 1996 draft, was never an acclaimed prospect. When he was called up by the Yankees in 2002 (an interesting story, which will be discussed in more detail below), it was only for 13 plate appearances.
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