Angels hire Marcus Thames as hitting coach

The Angels have hired Marcus Thames as their new hitting coach, along with a new assistant hitting coach in Phil Plantier and a new assistant pitching coach in Bill Hezel.

Angels manager Phil Nevin previously worked with Thames when the two were with the New York Yankees. Both were fired by the Yankees after the 2021 season.

Thames is a former major league player who played left field, first base and was a batsman-designated playing for the Dodgers and Yankees. He spent last season as the Miami Marlins’ hitting coach.

He previously served as the New York Yankees’ hitting coach for four years and as an assistant hitting coach in New York two seasons earlier. The 2022 Marlins offense ranked 27th in on-base plus slugging rate and batting average. The 2021 Yankees ranked 13th in OPS and 23rd in batting average, but were the top 5 in OPS in 2020, the top 5 in both categories in 2019, and had the second best OPS in 2018.

Plantier was also a former Yankees coach and spent the 2018–19 season at his minor league affiliate in Scranton Wilkes-Barre. He spent last season with the Marlins’ minor league affiliate in Jacksonville.

Hezel was the pitching director at Driveline Baseball, the popular offseason training facility for players including Angels Two-Way star Shohei Ohtani.

The Angels announced that Mike Gallego, Dom Chiti and Paul Sorrento will be reassigned within the Angels organization. Angels hire Marcus Thames as hitting coach

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