Phillies, Rob Thomson extend contract through 2025 amid MLB free agency

The Philadelphia Phillies announced on Monday that manager Rob Thomson has signed a contract extension through 2025.

The team also announced that Dustin Lind and Rafael Peña were hired as assistant hitting coaches for Thomson's MLB coaching staff 

Thomson, 60, became interim manager in June 2022 after Joe Girardi was dismissed and led the team to a 65-46 record, an NL Wild Card spot, and a World Series appearance.

In Oct. 2022, the Phillies hired him as full-time manager for two years.

"I think we all whispered it to David Dombrowski, president of baseball operations. Since Thomson helped us, we appreciate him. Bryce Harper remarked, "He loves this game, works hard, and knows what his players need." "He deserves it. Very pleased for him."

Thomson earned a 90-72 record and NLCS berth in his first full season as Phillies manager. Thomson has kept the Phillies competitive despite falling in Game 7 to the surprising Arizona Diamondbacks.

He has doubts. His tendency to use his best relievers in high-leverage situations, especially in the postseason, instead of a closer has cost him. Despite several poor batters, several in Philadelphia questioned his choice to never change the lineup in the NLCS.

Since Thomson took over, the Phillies have often been among the best in baseball. A one-season contract extension felt like a formality following another good year.