Six Former Yankees Who Could be the Next Hitting Coach
By Wayne Cavadi
Thames came up through the Yankees system, but before he could make an impact on the big league level, he was shipped off for Ruben Sierra. Thames became a platoon player who was known to have some nice pop on his bat, eclipsing 20 home runs a few times. He would return to the Yanks in 2010 and have a solid season batting .288 with 12 home runs over 82 games.
Thames was brought on this season as the hitting coach for the Trenton Thunder. Everyone that passed through Trenton seemed to transform and become stronger hitters (except Mason Williams, but maybe enough is enough from him). Rob Refsnyder, Kyle Roller, Peter O’Brien and Rob Segedin were having career seasons before their promotion or being traded and were able to continue to excel at the next level. Tyler Austin was having a miserable season after a a so-so 2013. Austin was able to have a strong second half and finish the season raising his average almost 30 points and more than doubling his home run output.
Thames has played with some of the guys in the dug out, so he is a familiar face. He has the experience of being a coach after a pretty good showing in his debut performance. Maybe now is the time he get’s his shot.