Yankees oust Marcus Thames, Phil Nevin in major staff shakeup

With Aaron Boone’s status still unknown, Phil Nevin and Marcus Thames are the first casualties of the Yankees’ offseason.

Nevin and Thames confirmed to The Post that their contracts weren’t being renewed.

Thames just finished his fourth season as the hitting coach after also serving as the team’s assistant hitting coach.

The Yankees struggled offensively throughout the 2021 season, finishing with 4.39 runs per game, 19th in the majors.

“I was a hitting coach with the Yankees for six years, which is a long time,’’ Thames said by phone. “I hate that we didn’t win a championship. That’s my only regret. I gave my all to the organization and hope I leave with them knowing how hard I worked and helped guys as hitters and people.”

Assistant hitting coach P.J. Piliterre was also alerted that he would not be returning.

Nevin came on as the third base coach when Boone got hired and drew criticism with the Yankees having an MLB-high 22 runners thrown out at home. And he also played a hand in the Yankees’ season-ending loss to the Red Sox in the AL Wild Card game, sending Aaron Judge on a Giancarlo Stanton single with one out in the sixth inning. Judge was thrown out easily by the Red Sox.

Yankees oust Marcus Thames, Phil Nevin in major staff shakeup
Marcus Thames and Phil Nevin
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But Nevin said he was told he wasn’t being let go because of on-field performance.

“I love the players, love the relationships,’’ Nevin said. “It’s just frustrating that the game has changed and that’s not a priority to some new people in the game.”

The moves weren’t entirely unexpected after another disappointing ending in The Bronx.

“We didn’t score the runs like we normally would, so we’ve got to examine a lot of things and where can we help guys that are going to be back here, where can we help them get better individually,” Boone said after the Yankees lost to Boston.

“Are there things we can do to help them? Obviously there will always be some personnel shake-ups, and roster construction gets a little bit different each and every year and hopefully it all works to be a slightly better fit… But this was overall just tough for us to really be the offensive juggernaut we’ve kind of come to expect, and I’m not sure why we didn’t realize our potential there.”