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Report: Marcus Thames to be next White Sox hitting coach

by Jordan Lazowski

More information continues to leak out about the next White Sox’ coaching staff, and if one thing is clear, there are going to be a lot of former players on it.

According to Robert Murray of FanSided, the White Sox will name former big leaguer Marcus Thames as their next hitting coach. This comes on the heels of the news that Grady Sizemore will be joining the staff as an outfield and baserunning coach.

Thames, 46, spent the majority of his career with the Detroit Tigers, and in parts of 10 major league seasons hit .246/.309/.485 with the Yankees, Rangers, Tigers, and Dodgers. A former 30th-round draft pick by the Yankees, Thames used his bat to make it to the major leagues.

Since retirement, Thames has coached for the Yankees, Marlins, and Angels. In 2013, he was named the hitting coach of the High-A Tampa Yankees. From there, he would work his way up to being named the Yankees’ hitting coach from 2018-2021. In 2022, he served as the Marlins’ hitting coach, and in 2023, he served as the Angels’ hitting coach.

Chris Getz is expected to speak with the media today, so there is a chance the White Sox will in fact announce their entire coaching staff today – regardless, an announcement is expected this week. According to a separate report, former catcher Drew Butera is expected to join the staff in some capacity as well.

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