The first two chips have fallen. The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler reported that the Yankees informed hitting coach Marcus Thames and third base coach Phil Nevin that they would not return to the staff for the 2022 season.
This is the beginning of a coaching staff shakeup, whether or not manager Aaron Boone returns. He’s also without a contract for the 2022 season, though a return is still in the cards. Buster Olney reported earlier this week that Hal Steinbrenner is leaning toward bringing him back. Whether or not today’s moves have any impact on the managerial decision isn’t yet clear.
Thames became the team’s assistant hitting coach in 2016 and was promoted to hitting coach for the 2018 season, where he remained through this year.
PJ Pilittere is the team’s current assistant hitting coach, though his future may also be up in the air (Update: he’s also out, per Adler). The Yankees’ offense was a major disappointment this season, and even though Thames had been on the staff for some better-performing lineups in recent years, the front office clearly wants to try something new.
Meanwhile, Nevin came aboard the same year the Yankees hired Boone (2018). He is close friends with the manager, but ultimately, the team’s dreadful baserunning and 22 outs at home plate likely did him in. Not to mention Aaron Judge getting thrown out at home in the Wild Card game.