Phillies Extend Rob Thomson and Make Two New Coach Hires

Phillies extend Rob Thomson, hire 2 coaches

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Rob Thomson, the Phillies’ interim manager turned full-time manager, has been rewarded with a contract extension, an unexpected turn of events after contemplating retirement just a few years ago.

The Phillies recently announced a one-year extension to Thomson’s contract, ensuring his presence with the team until the end of 2025. Previously set to enter 2024 as a lame duck manager, the extension provides him with the stability he’s been seeking.

Under Thomson’s leadership, the Phillies have thrived, boasting a 155-118 record and a .568 winning percentage, equivalent to 92 wins over a full season. They have also made two deep playoff runs, narrowly missing out on a championship in 2022 and falling short in the 2023 NLCS.

Thomson’s adeptness at managing a team composed of both well-paid veterans and aspiring young players has been a key factor in the Phillies’ success. Although his bullpen decisions have been called into question at times, his overall performance has been commendable since taking over for Joe Girardi in June 2022.

Having spent 28 seasons with the Yankees before joining the Phillies, Thomson has proven to be the right voice for the team’s clubhouse. Alongside Thomson’s extension, the Phillies announced the hiring of two new assistant hitting coaches, Dustin Lind and Rafael Peña, signaling the team’s commitment to further strengthening their coaching staff.

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