Yankees: 3 coaches who definitely won’t be back in 2022
1. Marcus Thames, Hitting Coach
And expect assistant hitting instructor P.J. Pilittere to be reassigned, too. Both Marcus Thames and Pilittere are long-time, revered company men, but … at a certain point, things need to change. The Yankees didn’t want this to occur. They didn’t want to interrupt their own philosophy. But this team, stacked with superstar-level hitters, simply cannot hit.
You’ll never see anything like this lineup — this lineup, with these big names — perform this poorly ever again.
One regression is understandable. Two is unfortunate. But (clears throat) Miguel Andújar, DJ LeMahieu, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, Gary Sánchez, Joey Gallo (who arrived and immediately accentuated all his faults) … hell, everyone on the roster not named Judge or Stanton? As much as the team might’ve liked Thames in the past, it’s impossible to stick by him with this recent track record of backtracking.
Plus, look at what the Red Sox have done since 2018 with a less-complete lineup. Just look at it. Look at it and hurl.
In 2021, the Yankees finished:
- 23rd in batting average
- 19th in runs per game
- 23rd in hits per game
- 30th in doubles per game (!!!)
With runners in scoring position, they hit just .238. They hit 136 solo home runs and just 86 with men on base.
This was a winning offense two years ago, with myriad players injured throughout the campaign. What … happened? There’s really no justification for keeping Thames’ formula in place, as much as you might like him.