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Philadelphia Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson signed to a two-year contract extension through 2024 season

On Monday, the Philadelphia Phillies announced that manager Rob Thomson has signed a two-year contract extension that will cover the 2023-2024 seasons. The 59-year-old Thomson took over on an interim basis after Joe Girardi was fired on June 2, and the Phillies surged thereafter, making the postseason for the first time since 2011. The Phillies were 22-29 at the time of Thomson’s promotion to interim manager, and under Thomson, they finished the season with a 65-46 record.

Thomson said in a statement: “I could not be prouder of the group of players, coaches and staff that have made this all possible. This is a great group, one that has shown resiliency and overcome adversity all season to get us where we are today. I am honored and humbled to continue as manager of this club.”

Team president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said: “As time progressed, it became apparent that Rob was the right person to lead this team and our club’s on-field performance over the course of the season certainly reinforced that  His calm demeanor and ability to communicate with players and staff has greatly benefitted the Phillies and we are excited to formally name him our manager going forward. While a great deal of credit for the turnaround of our season goes to the players, Rob’s leadership style has also made a significant impact.”

The Phillies went 14-17 from Sept. 1 forward, but were still able to secure the third NL wild-card berth, going on to sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card Series. They now go on to face the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series. Philadelphia’s best-of-five series against the Braves will begin on Tuesday, October 11th.

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