Marcus Thames has decided to retire and move on to coaching. Thames will become the Tampa Yankees (Yankees High-A club) hitting coach. The move was announced via Tampa's twitter account.
Thames last appeared in the Majors in 2011 when he signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers. He appeared in 36 games that season hitting .197/.243/.333 with only two home runs and 16 strikeouts. Thames was brought in as a power bat which obviously didn't work out. He was released in July and quickly signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees but did not make it back to the Majors.
In his 10-year career, Thames .246/.309/.485 with 115 home runs, while spending time with the Yankees, Rangers, Tigers and Dodgers.
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