Rob Thomson will be sticking around for a little while longer. Thomson was named the Phillies’ interim manager in June after the firing of Joe Girardi, but after leading the team to a wild card playoff berth and a victory in the wild card round, the team decided to remove the interim tag.
The news was first reported by Jim Salisbury:
Thomson gets a two year extension to manage Phillies. Team went 65-46 after he took over and made postseason for first time since 2011. https://t.co/5CTYkmjPLA— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) October 10, 2022
This will likely be well-received by the team. While the players seemed to respect Girardi’s past accomplishments as a major league manager, all evidence points to an improved vibe in the clubhouse since Thomson took over.
“13 more wins, and we are World Champions”— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 4, 2022
-Manager Rob Thomson speaking to the Phillies in the clubhouse before popping champagne
In particular, the Phillies’ young players aka “the daycare” seemed to blossom under Thomson’s guidance. Younger players didn’t always seem to have much of a chance to prove themselves under Girardi, but since Thomson took over, players such as Alec Bohm and Bryson Stott have been given more leash and responded positively.
Harper on Rob Thomson & the Daycare boys: pic.twitter.com/kBm58UTCuG— DFAntastic (@PhillyTradesman) August 27, 2022
Hopefully, the players will respond to this by beating the Braves in the NLDS.