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New York Yankees parting ways with three coaches

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Feb 23, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames (72) talks with outfielder Jay Bruce (30) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31)  at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 23, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames (72) talks with outfielder Jay Bruce (30) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees will not renew the contracts of hitting coach Marcus Thames and third base coach Phil Nevin, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

Assistant hitting coach P.J. Pilittere is also out, per the reports.

The staff shakeup comes a week after the Yankees’ season ended with a 6-2 loss to the rival Boston Red Sox in the American League wild-card game.

New York and Boston both finished 92-70 in the regular season, eight games behind the AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays.

The Yankees finished 23rd in the majors in team batting average (.237) and 23rd in RBIs (666) in 2021.

Thames, 44, was drafted by the Yankees in 1996 and played two of his 10 MLB seasons with the team. He was promoted from assistant hitting coach to hitting coach after the 2017 season when manager Aaron Boone was hired to replace Joe Girardi.

Nevin, 50, and Pilittere, 39, also joined Boone’s staff before the start of the 2018 season.

–Field Level Media