Detroit Tigers: Top 10 African-American players in team history

In a sport dominated more than ever by white and Latino players, make no mistake, African Americans have had a substantial impact on the history of the Detroit Tigers. Here, on Martin Luther King Day of 2016, I roll out my top 10 African American Detroit Tigers of all-time. On June 6, 1958, Ozzie Virgil, Sr. became the first non-white player to suit up and play for the Tigers. He...
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Yanks unveil the 2016 coaching staff, also known as The Expendables

The hand-painted human chess pieces are coming into place in Brian Cashman's annual duel of wits against Death - or this year, Dave Dombrowski. This week, the E-Empire unveiled its 2016 coaching staff, fracking the gonads of every fan who dreams in midnight blue technicolor. It is the Who's Who, the Dream Team, the Gold-Diggers of 1933, and the '27 Yankees of Yankee coaching staffs...
November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Announcements About Coaches, From The Yankees & From The White House

As you may know, the Yankees announced their complete coaching staff yesterday, for the 2016 season: After a two year stint with the Arizona Diamond backs, Mike Harkey will return to his role as bullpen coach in the Bronx. Larry Rothschild will be back for another year as pitching coach. Alan Cockrell has been promoted from assistant hitting coach to hitting coach, with Marcus...
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November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Marcus Thames' First MLB At-Bat Was HUGE

Last week, after a successful turn as a hitting instructor in the Yankees minor league system, former Major Leaguer Marcus Thames was promoted to assistant hitting coach with the big club.Do you remember Thames' first Major League at-bat? It was as a Yankee, during an interleague game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The pitcher was a future Hall Of Famer: Randy Johnson,Ah, yes...
Via Lady At The Bat
November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Yankees hitting coach praises his replacement

On Monday, the New York Yankees promoted Alan Cockrell, their assistant hitting coach, to replace former hitting coach Jeff Pentland.Pentland wasn't bitter, however, instead praised Cockrell.“I fully expect him to be able to do it,’’ Pentland told The New York Post. “I love the guy. Alan is very good. Every chance I get, I pump him up. If I didn’t stay in the job, I wanted...
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November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Cockrell becomes Yanks' hitting coach, replaces Pentland

NEW YORK (AP) Alan Cockrell has been promoted to hitting coach of the New York Yankees to replace Jeff Pentland, who was let go after one season. Cockrell was assistant hitting coach last season, when Pentland replaced Kevin Long. New York said Monday that Marcus Thames will take over from Cockrell as assistant hitting coach. Cockrell was the ninth overall pick in the 1984 amateur...
Via AP on Fox
November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees Announce New Hitting Coaches

More changes are in store on the New York Yankees coaching staff as Alan Cockrell replaces Jeff Pentland as primary hitting instructor and Marcus Thames earns a promotion to the Bronx as his assistant. Cockrell, 52, became the first assistant hitting coach in franchise history this past season after a five-year absence from the major league coaching ranks. A former quarterback at...
Via Baseball Essential
November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Rafael Betancourt Remembers The Last Man He Hit

I told Rafael Betancourt that he hadn’t hit a batter in 10,307 batters faced. He laughed, and said nobody had ever told him that before. “I remember it. It was Marcus Thames. Funny thing was? It was an 0-2 count,” the Rockies reliever said. When I asked if it was the last time he ever […]
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April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees' Christmas dream: A batting coach

Twuz the night before Christmas And all through the house that Ruth built,Not a scapegoat was willing To have his reputation as a coach kill't. The job application forms were hungOutside Cashman's office with care,But considering Tex, McCann, Beltran and the rest,Nobody, not even Marcus Thames, would soon be there.The Yankees' pursuit of a batting coach is the most underwhelming...
December 25, 2014  |  Discuss

The Future Is So Bright You Need Flip-Downs

Holy cow! The YES site has an exciting story about how great our prospects are doing in the Mexican Winter League. Luis Niebla has started a game--one--and his ERA is 2.35! Yowee. Reliever Giovanny Gallegos has appeared twice and not allowed a hit or a walk! Look out, D-Rob. And Jose Augusto Figueroa has been in three games and has a hit! A real, live hit! Man. This is going...
October 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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