Yankees decline to renew contracts of Marcus Thames, Phil Nevin, P.J. Pilittere


The Yankees have not made any announcements about the future of manager Aaron Boone, but have apparently decided to make three changes on the coaching staff.

Per Lindsey Adler, hitting coach Marcus Thames, assistant hitting coach P.J. Pilittere, and third base coach Phil Nevin have been informed that their contract will not be renewed for 2022.

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However, per Brendan Kuty of NJ.com, the Yankees are still undecided on Boone's future:

In an exclusive interview with Kuty shortly after news broke, Thames said this of his status: "They made a decision. I just hate that we didn't win a championship. But they want to go in a different direction, and I guess I wasn't the voice that they thought to get us over the hump.”

Thames, who made his MLB debut as a Yankee in 2002 and famously homered off Randy Johnson in his first at-bat, has been with the Yankees organization as a coach since 2013, when he was named hitting coach for the then Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees. He joined the major league staff prior to the 2016 season as an assistant hitting coach under Alan Cockrell, and then moved up to the top spot when Cockrell was let go after the 2017 season.

The Yankees’ offense, or lack thereof/reliance on home runs, was a major topic of conversation among pundits and fans alike this season. The team hit 222 home runs, tied with Cincinnati and Tampa Bay for sixth-most in MLB, but slashed .237/.322/.407 this season – ranking 23rd, ninth, and 14th in MLB, respectively – and scored three runs or less in 69 of 162 games, going 21-48 in those games.

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The Yankees also led MLB with 621 walks but struck out 1,482 times, sixth-most in MLB, and they also hit into 154 double plays, second behind only Washington (158) in the league.

Pilittere, who has been Thames' assistant since he ascended to the main job, is a Yankees lifer. He was drafted by the Yankees in 2004 and spent eight seasons in the Minors, then became a coach in the organization for several years before joining the major league staff for the 2019 season.

As for Nevin, he joined the staff as Boone’s third-base coach in 2018, after serving in the same capacity for the Giants in 2017. The Yankees’ 50 outs on the bases were seventh in MLB, but they tied Kansas City for the league lead with 22 outs made at home, not counting the one in the AL Wild Card Game that drew the ire of Alex Rodriguez and forced Nevin to respond.

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