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Marcus Thames retires; joins Yankees as hitting coach

10-year veteran Marcus Thames' playing career is over, as the 35-year-old will become the Yankees high-A hitting coach.

Hannah Foslien

It was announced yesterday that outfielder Marcus Thames’ playing career is over. The 10-year MLB veteran will remain involved with the game of baseball, as he’s set to become the hitting coach for the New York Yankees’ high-A affiliate next season, according to a team announcement:

Thames, who turns 36 in March, spent 10 seasons at the major league level as a member of the Yankees, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, and Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Yankees drafted Thames in the 30th round of the 1996 MLB Draft out of Texas State University. He debuted with New York in 2002 as a 25-year-old, was dealt to the Rangers for Ruben Sierra the next year and ultimately landed with the Tigers soon after.

Thames spent six seasons with Detroit, putting together a few solid campaigns. From 2006 to 2008 he hit .247/.304/.523 while averaging over 15 doubles and 23 home runs per season. He also played well as a reserve for the Yankees in 2010, hitting .288/.350/.491 with 19 extra-base hits in 212 at-bats.

Thames retires with a career line of .246/.309/.485.