In an expected move, the Phillies announced today that they have hired Rob Thomson to serve as the club’s new bench coach. He’ll be a key lieutenant to first-time manager Gabe Kapler.
Philadelphia has also announced the remainder of its staff, except for a first base coach — a position that has yet to be filled. Rick Kranitz will serve as pitching coach, with Chris Young as his assistant, while Jim Gott will run the bullpen. Hitting coach John Mallee will be assisted by Pedro Guerrero. And Dusty Wathan will serve as the third base coach.
The 54-year-old Thomson had been in the running for the Yankees’ open managerial post after serving as bench coach (and in other positions) under Joe Girardi. But after losing out on that gig to Aaron Boone, Thomson will now move down I-95 to lend some experience to a youthful new skipper as the Phils seek to take a young roster back into contention.