Yankees to promote Alan Cockrell to hitting coach; add Marcus Thames to major league staff

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After firing hitting coach Jeff Pentland last month, the Yankees are staying in-house for his replacement.

According to George A. King III of the New York Post, the Yankees are expected to promote Alan Cockrell to hitting coach while officially adding former major league outfielder Marcus Thames to the major league staff as an assistant. Cockrell was hired as the assistant hitting coach last offseason. Thames has worked in the Yankees’ minor league system for the past three seasons and served as Triple-A hitting coach in 2015.

The hitting coach job has become a revolving door for the Yankees, who hired Pentland last offseason after firing Kevin Long. New York’s offense faded during the second half this season, so Pentland ultimately took the fall for the dropoff. Cockrell will hope for a better fate.