When the 2022 MLB season began, Rob Thomson certainly wasn’t expecting to be managing the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series at the end of it.
In fact, he didn’t expect to be with the Phillies in any capacity right now, based on his startling revelation about the 2022 campaign.
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Apparently, Thomson told the team after the 2021 season that he planned to retire at the end of the 2022 season. The longtime coach was approaching retirement age and after nearly 40 years in the majors, he was fulfilled and ready to call it quits. He even started collecting keepsakes during spring training, which he expected to be his last.
Thankfully for Thomson, his anticipated swan song did not go as planned. Philadelphia got off to a terrible start and fired manager Joe Girardi early in the year, elevating Thomson from bench coach to manager. The team promptly caught fire under him and made it all the way to the World Series before bowing out against the Houston Astros.
The Phillies handed him a two-year contract during the postseason to remain the team’s manager through 2024, delaying his retirement by at least a couple of years.
After coming so close in 2022, Thomson and Philadelphia will try to come back and finish the job in 2023. The Phillies are currently tied for the sixth-best World Series odds (+1400) on FanDuel Sportsbook’s MLB odds.
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