Phillies Extend Thomson, Add Two Coaches
Phillies manager Rob Thomson took over the 2022 Phillies in June, when it looked like the team was down on their luck. Thomson himself was considering retirement at season's end. Then Thomson led the Phillies on an improbable run that took the Phillies to the 2022 World Series. A year after signing a two-year deal, Thomas was given a contract extension.
The Phillies announced that Thomson was extended through the 2025 season. His first manager contract once his "interim" status was shed, was a two-year deal that went through 2024. This allows Thomson to manage in 2024 knowing that he was not in a "lame duck" season.
Thomson took the Phillies to the National League Championship Series in 2023. While it was not the ending that many desired, Thomson did overcome injuries that kept both Bryce Harper and starting pitcher Ranger Suárez off of the roster in the early going.
In addition to the news of the extension, the Phillies also announced that Dustin Lind and Rafael Peña have joined the major league coaching staff as assistant hitting coaches. Assistant hitting coaches in themselves are a relatively new phenomena in Major League Baseball; this will be the first time that the Phillies have two.
Lind was most recently the director of hitting and the assistant hitting coach for the San Francisco Giants. Prior to the Giants, Lind worked in the Seattle Mariners organization. Peña comes from the Houston Astros organization, where he served as minor league hitting coordinator.