The 2022 Major League Baseball season was an incredible one for Corunna-native Rob Thomson.
He entered the season as the bench coach for the Philadelphia Phillies, a position he had held since 2018. But on June 3, he became the team's interim manager when Joe Girardi was let go after the team struggled to a 22-29 start. An immediate turnaround followed, as the Phillies went on an eight game winning streak. By the end of the regular season, the Phillies had secured their first playoff spot in more than a decade.
The Phillies then won the wild card series, the National League Division Series, and the National League Championship Series. That set up a meeting with the Houston Astros in the World Series, which the Astros won.
As he prepares for his first full season as manager of the Phillies, Thomson spoke with Blackburn Media's Scott Kitching about his career, the expectations facing the Phillies in 2023, and how becoming a big league manager has changed his life.