The New York Yankees promoted Alan Cockrell to hitting coach and make Marcus Thames a part of their big league staff.
Earlier this winter, the Yankees did not renew the contract of hitting coach Jeff Pentland. Cockrell had served as the assistant hitting coach during Pentland's one year on the job. Thames has been a Yankees minor league hitting instructor.
After the 2014 season, the Yankees fired Kevin Long. Long went on to have success with the New York Mets this season.