Rob Thomson

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Robert Lewis Thomson

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Rob Thomson, who was born in Sarnia, ON but grew up in nearby Corunna, ON, played for Canada in the 1984 Olympics and was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 32nd round of the 1985 amateur draft. At the University of Kansas, he batted .443 in 1984 - the highest mark in school history - and followed that with a .389 average in 1985. He played in the minors from 1985 to 1988. He was 0 for 5 for the 1985 Bristol Tigers and hit .187/~.237/.252 for the Gastonia Jets that year, playing third base as well as catching. In 1986, Thomson hit .252/~.355/.336 for the Gastonia Tigers and was 4 for 22 with a homer for the Lakeland Tigers. By 1987, he was full-time with Lakeland, managing only a .228/~.312/.301 line in 71 games. He went 0 for 7 for Lakeland in 1988 to finish his career.

Thomson was a minor league coach for the Tigers with the Lakeland Tigers in 1988 and London Tigers in 1989. He joined the New York Yankees organization as coach of the Fort Lauderdale Yankees in 1990 and Prince William Cannons in 1991. He spent the 1992-1993 season as a coach with the Albany-Colonie Yankees. He coached the Oneonta Yankees in 1994, then managed the club in 1995 to a 34-41 record. Thomson was a coach for the Columbus Clippers in 1996-1997. He served as the minor league field coordinator in 1998-1999, Director of player development from 2000 to 2002 and VP of minor league development in 2003.

In 2007, Thompson was the Yankees' major league field coordinator, acting as a bridge between the Yankees' advance scouts and the coaching staff. In 2008 he was appointed bench coach by new manager Joe Girardi. For the 2009 season, he was reassigned to the position of third-base coach. In 2015 he moved back to being the bench coach. When Girardi was fired following the 2017 season, he was immediately identified as one of the leading candidates to succeed his former boss. After he failed to win that job, which went to Aaron Boone, he went to the Philadelphia Phillies as bench coach for newly-hired manager Gabe Kapler in 2018. He stayed in that role when Joe Girardi replaced Kapler in 2020 and on June 3, 2022 succeeded Girardi as Phillies manager on an interim basis for the remainder of the season when he was fired after a poor start. That made him the first Canadian manager in the majors since George Gibson managed the 1934 Pittsburgh Pirates. His managerial career got off to a great start as the Phillies won their first eight games with him at the helm (they had also been winners in Girardi's last game) to move over .500 after a wretched start. His first loss came on June 12th. On July 12th, he became the first Canadian to manage a game in his home country when the Phillies traveled to Toronto to play the Blue Jays.

He was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019.


Preceded by
Joe Girardi
Philadelphia Phillies Manager
2022-
Succeeded by
current

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1995 Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League 34-41 9th (t) New York Yankees
2022 Philadelphia Phillies National League Philadelphia Phillies replaced Joe Girardi (22-29) on June 3

Further Reading[edit]

  • Gary Bedore (Kansas City Star): "Phillies’ interim manager Rob Thomson was a baseball star at the University of Kansas", Yahoo! News, June 4, 2022. [1]
  • Bryan Hoch: "Thomson interviews for Yanks' manager job: Longtime bench coach is first to meet with club for position", mlb.com, November 8, 2017. [2]

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