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Marcus Thames Bio
Marcus Markey Thames
3/06/1977 in Louisville, MS
1996, New York Yankees, Round: 30, Overall Pick: 899
East Central College (MO)
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Marcus Markey Thames
Marcus M. Thames (pronounced Tims)...resides with his wife, Danna, in Starkville, Mississippi with their two daughters, Deja (2/25/97) and Jade (6/9/07)...while with the Tigers, actively participated with Play Baseball Detroit, Tigers Dreams Come True and the Detroit Tigers Autographed Memorabilia Donation Program.
Hit .288 with 22 runs, seven doubles, 12 homers and 33 RBI in 82 games with the Yankees ... made 16 starts in left field and six in right field ... made his fifth-career Opening Day roster and first with the Yankees ... Hit .300 (39-for-130) with five doubles, five homers and 14 RBI off left-handed pitching and .268 (22- for-82) with two doubles, seven homers and 19 RBI against right-handers ... reached base in each of his first 12 starts of the season vs. left-handed starters ... Batted .308 (33-for-107) on the road, hitting eight of his home runs away from Yankee Stadium ... Eight of his 12 home runs overall came with runners on base ... Hit his first home run of the season in April 22 loss at Oakland, marking his second career homer as a Yankee and first since June 10, 2002 vs. Arizona off Randy Johnson in his first Major League plate appearance . a span of seven years, 316 days ... the Elias Sports Bureau notes it was the longest stretch between homers as a Yankee since Jack Quinn homered on Sept. 11, 1911 and May 15, 1920 (eight years, 247 days) ... Hit walk-off home run on May 17 off Boston's Jonathan Papelbon, marking his second career walk-off home run (also June 19, 2009 with Detroit vs. Milwaukee off Chris Narveson) and third career walk-off hit (also RBI single on May 21, 2005 with Detroit vs. Arizona) ... also tallied four RBI in the game, his most since June 19, 2009 with Detroit vs. Milwaukee (also four RBI) ... Walked a career-high three times in May 18 loss vs. Boston ... Was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring from June 13-July 3 (missed 18 team games) ... hit .200 (3-for-15) with one RBI in four game rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre ... in his first game back from the D.L., hit 10th-inning game-winning pinch-hit walk-off single on July 4 vs. Toronto ... marked the Yankees' first walk-off hit by a pinch hitter since June 5, 2008 vs. Toronto, when Jason Giambi hit a two-run home run off B.J. Ryan. ... Hit .344 (21-for-61) in 19 games in the month August, marking the sixth-highest average by an American Leaguer in the month ... his 14 RBI in August were his most for any calendar month since driving in 16 runs in June 2008 with Detroit ... Went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and the game-winning RBI single in the ninth in an Aug. 11 win at Texas ... scored twice and knocked in two ... three hits tied a season high ... Homered in five consecutive starts from Aug. 24-30 (six home runs total) ... became the first Yankee to homer in five straight starts since Alex Rodriguez from Sept. 4-9, 2007 ... had four home runs in a three-game span from Aug. 28-30 and seven homers in a 10-game stretch from Aug. 24-Sept. 4 ... Collected his ninth career multi-homer game.and first since June 19, 2009 with Detroit vs. Milwaukee.in Aug. 29 win at Chicago (AL), hitting a two-run home run and solo shot.
Batted .252 with 13HR and 36RBI in 87 games with Detroit (55G/50GS at DH, 20G/17GS in LF and 2G/0GS at 1B)... hit .272 (34-for-125) with 9HR in 38 games prior to the All-Star break and .233 (31-for-133) with 4HR in 49 games following the break... was placed on the 15-day disabled list from 4/19-6/7 with a left rib cage strain... in 12 rehab games with Triple-A Toledo, hit .245 with 2HR and 6RBI... recorded his eighth career multi-homer game on 6/19 vs. Milwaukee, going 2-for-4 with 2HR and 4RBI... established a career high with four hits on 7/12 vs. Cleveland, going 4-for-4 with 3R, 1 double and 1RBI... hit his 100th career home run on 8/9 vs. Minnesota, a fourth-inning solo-HR off Scott Baker.
Belted 25 home runs in his fifth season with the Tigers in 2008, second-most on the club...Connected for his fifth career grand slam on May 21 versus Seattle -- drove in a season-high four runs during the game...matched the high with four RBI on May 28 at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim...Belted two home runs on May 28 at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to match a career high -- matched the high with two home runs on June 16 at San Francisco and September 5 at Minnesota...All eight of his hits during a 10-game stretch June 7-17 were home runs -- according the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked the longest such streak by a major league player since St. Louis' Mark McGwire posted a stretch of 11 straight home runs during the 2001 season...Homered in five straight games June 13-17 to match a Tigers record, homering six times during the stretch -- joined Rudy York (1937), Hank Greenberg (1940), Vic Wertz (1950) and Willie Horton (1969) in accomplishing the feat...Equaled a career high with three hits on June 29 versus Colorado -- matched the high with three hits on July 10 versus Minnesota...Tabbed the Tigers Player of the Month for June after hitting .306 (22x72) with three doubles, 10 home runs and 16 RBI in 22 games -- second in the American League with 10 home runs during the month...Belted his sixth career grand slam on September 14 against the White Sox at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field -- matched a season high with four RBI in the game...Hit .265 (49x185) with 17 home runs in 64 games prior to the all-star break...batted .206 (27x131) with eight home runs in 39 games following the all-star break.
Completed his second full season at the major league level with the Tigers, seeing action at first base and in the outfield for the club...Made his first appearance at first base at the major league level on April 11 at Baltimore...Posted a seven-game hitting streak May 26-June 5, batting .458 (11x24) with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI...Hit .316 (12x38) with two doubles, a home run and six RBI in 14 games during May...Posted a season-high nine-game hitting streak June 30-July 13 -- hit .355 (11x31) over the course of the streak, collecting three doubles, four home runs and nine RBI...Connected for his third career grand slam on July 6 versus Boston -- equaled a career high with five RBI during the game...belted the fourth grand slam of his career on August 10 versus Oakland...Landed on the disabled list on July 19 with a pulled left hamstring...Batted .302 (13x43) with three doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI in 12 games during July...Assigned to Triple A Toledo for an injury rehab assignment on August 7 -- hit safely in both of his games with the Mud Hens, batting .375 (3x8) with a home run and two RBI...Recalled from his injury rehab assignment with Toledo and reinstated from the disabled list on August 9...Equaled a career high with three hits on September 2 at Oakland -- matched a career high with two doubles in the game, the second two-double game of his career...Matched a career high with two home runs on September 23 versus Kansas City...Hit .310 (27x87) against lefthanded pitchers...batted .209 (38x182) with righties on the mound...Batted .315 (23x73) with runners in scoring position...Hit .400 (4x5) with two home runs and 13 RBI when batting with the bases loaded.
Belted a career-high 26 home runs for the Tigers in his first full season at the major league level...Collected three hits on April 7 at Texas to match a career high -- equaled the best with three hits on April 28 versus Minnesota...Belted two home runs on May 25 at Kansas City to match a career high -- hit two home runs on July 16 versus Kansas City to equal the career best...Second in the American League with a .674 slugging percentage during May, while he was fifth with a .439 on-base percentage -- hit .304 (14x46) with five doubles and four home runs in 15 games during the month...Established a career high with an 11-game hitting streak June 8-18, batting .318 (14x44) with three doubles, four home runs and seven RBI...Named Tigers Player of the Month for June after batting .309 (30x97) with 18 runs scored, eight doubles, eight home runs and 20 RBI in 26 games -- tied for fourth in the league with eight home runs during the month, while he was ninth with a .639 slugging percentage...Matched a career high with five RBI on July 16 versus Kansas City...Tied for sixth in the American League with a .652 slugging percentage during August -- batted .239 (11x46) in 16 games during the month, connecting for five home runs...Batted .297 (60x202) in 61 games prior to the all-star break -- fourth in the league with a .634 slugging percentage...hit .199 (29x146) in 49 games following the all-star break.
During his second season in the Tigers organization, Thames split the season between Triple A Toledo and Detroit...Collected five hits in his first game of the season with the Mud Hens and batted .750 (6x8) with a double, two home runs and three RBI in two games before being recalled by the Tigers on April 9...Made his Tigers season debut on April 9 versus Cleveland, connecting for his second career grand slam off Jake Westbrook in the third inning...Struggled over his next nine games April 10-May 1, batting .130 (3x23)...Batted .278 (10x36) with a double, five home runs and 10 RBI over a 13-game stretch May 3-24...Batted .056 (1x18) with 10 strikeouts over his next seven games, including a career-high four strikeouts on June 12 at Colorado, before being optioned to Toledo on June 14...Hit .477 (21x44) with 15 runs scored, three doubles, a triple, six home runs, 16 RBI and eight walks over a 12-game stretch June 28-July 9...Collected four hits on July 4 at Durham -- also collected four hits on August 3 versus Richmond, August 8 at Columbus and September 3 at Columbus...Named the International League Player of the Week for his efforts during the week of July 4-10, batting .539 (14x26) with 12 runs scored, four home runs and 13 RBI in seven games...Batted .407 (11x27) with three home runs and 10 RBI during the International League playoffs...Recalled by Detroit on September 16.
Opened the season with Triple A Toledo and joined Detroit for the remainder of the season after having his contract purchased on June 22...Collected four hits, including three home runs and five RBI on April 25 at Louisville... Hit safely in 15-of-16 games April 23-May 10, batting .388 (26x67) with eight home runs and 17 RBI...Tied for fourth in the International League with six home runs in April...Reached base safely via a hit or walk in each of his final 24 games with Toledo May 22-June 20, batting .329 (28x85) with 25 runs scored, eight doubles, a triple, 11 home runs, 25 RBI and a .449 on-base percentage...In 27 games during May, he hit .343 (34x99) with 25 runs scored, 10 doubles, nine home runs and 27 RBI to be selected as the TOPPS Player of the Month in the International League...also earned Tigers Minor League Player of the Month honors for his efforts while tying for second in the International League with his 27 RBI and ranking third with nine home runs...Homered in three consecutive games June 7-9, drilling four home runs and collecting eight RBI...Tied for the International League lead with nine home runs during June despite playing in only 16 games...Joined Detroit on June 22...was leading the International League with 24 home runs, 57 runs scored, 46 extra-base hits, 59 RBI and a .735 slugging percentage at the time of his promotion -- also ranked second with a .410 on-base percentage, tied for fourth with 21 doubles and eighth with a .329 batting average...Drilled his first home run with Detroit on July 2 at Colorado...hit safely in 15-of-19 games July 2-August 3, batting .359 (23x64) with eight doubles, six home runs and 16 RBI...Drove in a career-high five runs on July 25 at Chicago, connecting for his first career grand slam off Mike Jackson...Collected a career-high three hits on July 26 at Cleveland -- matched the high with three hits October 2 versus Tampa Bay...Homered in four-of-five games July 21-26, batting .370 (10x27) with four home runs and 10 RBI...Ripped a pair of home runs for the first multi-home run game of his career on October 2 versus Tampa Bay, becoming the 11th Tigers player with 10-or-more home runs in 2004 and establishing a new major league record.
Opened the season at Columbus in the Yankees organization, before being dealt to the Rangers on June 6, 2003...Hit safely in 10-of-11 games with Columbus May 3-14, batting .368 (14x38) with seven runs scored, four doubles, a triple and five RBI...Assigned to Oklahoma by the Rangers after being acquired in a two-player deal on June 6...Landed on the disabled list on June 24 with a right shoulder subluxation.
Recalled by the New York Yankees from Triple A Columbus for his first major league action on June 10, 2002...Made his major league debut on June 10 versus Arizona, starting in right field...belted a two-run home run off Randy Johnson in his first major league at-bat...Collected a career-high two hits at Shea Stadium against the Mets on June 14...Optioned back to Triple Afor the remainder of the season on June 27.
Selected to Baseball America's Double A all-star squad and second-team minor league all-star team following his efforts with Double A Norwich in 2001...Earned Eastern League all-star honors and was also named the co-winner of the Yankees fourth-annual Kevin Lawn Award as the organization's player of the year...Led the Eastern League with 114 runs scored, 311 total bases, 78 extra-base hits, 43 doubles, a .410 on-base percentage and .598 slugging percentage...finished second in the league with a .321 batting average, 167 hits and 31 home runs, third with 97 RBI and one home run every 16.77 at-bats, fourth with 139 games and 73 walks and tied for fifth with 520 at-bats...Tied for the lead among all minor leaguers with 78 extra-base hits, while he finished third with 114 runs scored and 311 total bases, tied for sixth with 43 doubles, 10th with 167 hits and 11th with a .598 slugging percentage...Topped all Yankees minor leaguers with 31 home runs, while he was second with a .321 batting average and 87 RBI...Established a Norwich single-season record with 31 home runs, eclipsing the previous mark of 29 by Shane Spencer in 1996...Finished with a season-best four hits, including two home runs, and five RBI at Binghamton on June 3...matched the high of two home runs three more times during the season: June 21 at Portland, July 2 versus Portland and July 5 at Bowie...also drove in five runs at Bowie on July 5...Hit .358 (24x67) with 14 runs scored, four doubles, four home runs and 10 RBI over a 16-game stretch June 8-26....Batted .318 (34x107) with 22 runs scored, seven doubles, six home runs and 16 RBI in 26 games during June...Earned Eastern League Player of the Week honors for July 2-8...in seven games during the week, he hit .355 (11x31) with nine runs scored, five doubles, five home runs and 12 RBI...Third among all minor leaguers with 11 home runs during July...compiled a .297 batting average (33x111) in 30 games during the month, scoring 28 runs and collecting nine doubles, a triple and 28 RBI...Posted an 11-game hitting streak August 10-21, batting .457 (21x46) with five doubles, a home run and nine RBI...Hit .380 (38x100) with 22 runs scored, six doubles, seven home runs and 23 RBI in 28 games during August...Batted .214 (3x14) with a double in four games during the Eastern League playoffs...Named the seventh-best prospect in the Yankees organization and eighth-best prospect in the Eastern League following the season by Baseball America...Played for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League following the season, hitting .346 (28x81) with 15 runs scored, four doubles, a triple, four home runs and 20 RBI.
Second among all Yankees minor leaguers with 79 RBI for Norwich in 2000...Hit .284 (29x102) with five doubles, two triples, three home runs and 13 RBI in 28 games during May...Belted a grand slam on June 7 against New Britain, finishing with a season-best four RBI...matched the high of four RBI on July 5 versus Binghamton...Drilled two solo home runs at Erie on July 20...Named the 30th-best prospect in the Yankees organization following the season by Baseball America.
Began the 1999 season with Norwich before being sent to Single A Tampa in June...Started the season with a 10-game hitting streak April 9-19, batting .350 (14x40) with seven runs scored, four doubles, a home run and 12 RBI...Belted a grand slam for Tampa at Jupiter on July 22...Hit safely in 15-of-16 games July 27-August 14, batting .383 (23x60) with 22 runs scored, seven runs scored, a triple, six home runs and 15 RBI...Batted .361 (39x108) with 18 runs scored, 10 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 19 RBI for Rancho Cucamonga in the California Fall League following the season.
Played his first full season of professional baseball with Tampa in 1998...Sidelined July 26-August 3 with a right groin strain...Hit .269 (7x26) with a double, two home runs and four RBI in seven games during the Florida State League playoffs.
Made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Yankees after signing with New York as a draft-and-follow selection on May 16, 1997...Selected to the Gulf Coast League's post-season all-star squad...Led the Gulf Coast League with 51 runs scored, 113 total bases, 28 extra-base hits, 17 doubles and a .579 slugging percentage...tied for second in the league with 57 games played, 67 hits and seven home runs, finished third with a .344 batting average and one home run every 27.86 at-bats, tied for third with 36 RBI and tied for fifth with four triples...Hitless in three at-bats during the Gulf Coast League playoffs...Promoted to Single A Greensboro late in the season...saw action in four games during the regular season before hitting .227 (5x22) with two doubles and two RBI in six games during the South Atlantic League playoffs.
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July 14, 2011
Los Angeles Dodgers released LF Marcus Thames.
July 12, 2011
Los Angeles Dodgers designated LF Marcus Thames for assignment.
June 6, 2011
Los Angeles Dodgers activated LF Marcus Thames from the 15-day disabled list.
June 4, 2011
Albuquerque Isotopes sent LF Marcus Thames on a rehab assignment to Chattanooga Lookouts.
May 28, 2011
Marcus Thames assigned to Albuquerque Isotopes.
May 3, 2011
Los Angeles Dodgers placed LF Marcus Thames on the 15-day disabled list. Right quad strain.
January 18, 2011
Los Angeles Dodgers signed free agent LF Marcus Thames.
November 7, 2010
LF Marcus Thames elected free agency.
July 4, 2010
New York Yankees activated LF Marcus Thames from the 15-day disabled list.
June 30, 2010
sent LF Marcus Thames on a rehab assignment to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
June 13, 2010
New York Yankees placed LF Marcus Thames on the 15-day disabled list. Strained right hamstring
April 4, 2010
New York Yankees selected the contract of LF Marcus Thames from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
April 3, 2010
Marcus Thames assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
February 8, 2010
New York Yankees signed free agent LF Marcus Thames to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
November 6, 2009
Detroit Tigers sent Marcus Thames outright to Toledo Mud Hens.
June 7, 2009
Marcus Thames roster status changed by Detroit Tigers.
May 24, 2009
Detroit Tigers sent DH Marcus Thames on a rehab assignment to Toledo Mud Hens.
April 21, 2009
Detroit Tigers placed LF Marcus Thames on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 19, 2009. Pulled ribcage muscle
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