Rob Thomson

Rob Thomson
Thomson at Yankee Stadium in 2011.
Philadelphia Phillies – No. 59
Born: (1963-08-16) August 16, 1963
Sarnia, Ontario
Bats: Right Throws: Right

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Robert Lewis Thomson (born August 16, 1963) is a Canadian bench coach for the Philadelphia Phillies. He previously served as bench coach for the New York Yankees in 2008, third base coach from 2009 to 2014, and returned to serving as bench coach from 2015 to 2017. He has also served as Major League Field Coordinator for the Yankees.


Minor Leagues, coaching and front office career

Thomson was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 32nd round of the 1985 draft from the University of Kansas. He played catcher and third base in the Tigers' minor league system until 1988.

Then, he became a minor league coach for the team. In 1990, Thomson joined the Yankees organization as a third base coach for the team's Class-A affiliate in Fort Lauderdale. He moved into the front office in 1998 as a Field Coordinator, and became Director of Player Development in 2000. Prior to the 2003 season, he was named Vice President of Minor League Development, and was named to the Major League coaching staff in November of the same year.

Major League coach

On September 27, 2006, Thomson took over as first base coach in place of Tony Peña, who learned before the game that his father had died. He filled in at the position for four games, as Peña returned in time for the season finale on October 1.

Prior to the 2008 season, incoming manager Joe Girardi named Thomson his bench coach.

On April 4, 2008, Girardi fell ill with a respiratory infection[1] and designated Thomson to manage that night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.[2] It was Thomson's first major league game as a manager and he became the first Canadian to manage a Major League game since George Gibson for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1934; the Yankees lost 134.[3][1] Thomson also managed the April 5 game due to Girardi's illness.[4] He served as the team's third base coach for six seasons, and was a member of the coaching staff for the Yankees' 2009 World Series championship. Prior to the 2015 season, he was named bench coach along with a series of coaching changes.

Philadelphia Phillies (2018-present)

Prior to the 2018 season, Thomson was hired as the bench coach for the Phillies.


  1. 1 2 "Manager and Coaches". Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  2. "Girardi misses Yanks game with illness". Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  3. "Kennedy, bullpen can't contain Rays". Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  4. "Respiratory ills again sideline Girardi". Retrieved November 17, 2016.
Preceded by
Bobby Meacham
New York Yankees Third Base Coach
Succeeded by
Joe Espada
Preceded by
Tony Peña
New York Yankees Bench Coach
Succeeded by
Josh Bard
Preceded by
Larry Bowa
Philadelphia Phillies Bench Coach
Succeeded by
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