The Phillies have extended manager Rob Thomson's contract by one year following two consecutive appearances in the NLCS. - footballivenews
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The Phillies have extended manager Rob Thomson’s contract by one year following two consecutive appearances in the NLCS.



The Philadelphia Phillies have inked a one-year contract extension with manager Rob Thomson, securing his position through the 2025 season. This decision comes in the wake of Thomson guiding the team to two consecutive appearances in the NL Championship Series.

Since taking over as Phillies manager on June 3, 2022, replacing Joe Girardi, the 60-year-old Thomson has compiled a 155-118 record. Under his leadership, the Phillies reached the 2022 World Series but fell short in a six-game series against the Houston Astros. Despite a setback in the NLCS this season, where the Phillies squandered 2-0 and 3-2 series leads against Arizona, Thomson steered the team to a 90-72 record in 2023 – their first 90-win season since 2011.


In October, Thomson achieved a milestone by becoming only the third manager in MLB history to win 18 of his first 25 postseason games, joining the ranks of Hall of Famers Joe McCarthy and Casey Stengel. Thomson, who initially joined the Phillies in 2018 as a bench coach under former manager Gabe Kapler, had initially contemplated retirement after the 2022 season but decided to continue managing.

With key players like Bryce Harper, Trea Turner, and Kyle Schwarber returning in 2024, the Phillies are poised for another shot at the World Series. The team, featuring ace Aaron Nola, signed to a $172 million, seven-year deal last month, has been given 10-1 odds by FanDuel SportsBook to win the 2024 World Series.

After being eliminated in the NLCS, Thomson expressed confidence in the team, stating, “We’ve got a good ball club. But our goal isn’t to get to the playoffs. Our goal is always to win the World Series,” emphasizing the Phillies’ aspiration to clinch their first championship since 2008.

Thomson brings extensive experience to the role, having spent 28 years with the New York Yankees organization from 1990 to 2017, including ten seasons on the major league coaching staff as bench coach (2008, 2015-17) and third base coach (2009-14). Additionally, the Phillies have added Dustin Lind and Rafael Peña as assistant hitting coaches to their coaching staff.