Robert Lewis Thomson
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 200 lb.
- School St. Clair Community College, University of Kansas
Catcher Rob Thomson, who was born in Sarnia, ON but grew up in nearby Corunna, ON, played for Canada in the 1984 Olympics and was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 32nd round of the 1985 amateur draft. He played in the minors from 1985 to 1988. He was 0 for 5 for the 1985 Bristol Tigers and hit .187/~.237/.252 for the Gastonia Jets that year, playing third base as well as catching. In 1986, Thomson hit .252/~.355/.336 for the Gastonia Tigers and was 4 for 22 with a homer for the Lakeland Tigers. By 1987, he was full-time with Lakeland, managing only a .228/~.312/.301 line in 71 games. He went 0 for 7 for Lakeland in 1988 to finish his career.
Thomson was a minor league coach for the Tigers with the Lakeland Tigers in 1988 and London Tigers in 1989. He joined the New York Yankees organization as coach of the Fort Lauderdale Yankees in 1990 and Prince William Cannons in 1991. He spent the 1992-1993 season as a coach with the Albany-Colonie Yankees. He coached the Oneonta Yankees in 1994, then managed the club in 1995 to a 34-41 record. Thomson was a coach for the Columbus Clippers in 1996-1997. He served as the minor league field coordinator in 1998-1999, Director of player development from 2000 to 2002 and VP of minor league development in 2003.
In 2007, Thompson was the Yankees' major league field coordinator, acting as a bridge between the Yankees' advance scouts and the coaching staff. In 2008 he was appointed bench coach by new manager Joe Girardi. For the 2009 season, he was reassigned to the position of third-base coach. In 2015 he moved back to being the bench coach. When Girardi was fired following the 2017 season, he was immediately identified as one of the leading candidates to succeed his former boss. After he failed to win that job, which went to Aaron Boone, he went to the Philadelphia Phillies as bench coach for newly-hired manager Gabe Kapler in 2018.
He was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019.
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|1995||Oneonta Yankees||New York-Penn League||34-41||9th (t)||New York Yankees|
- Bryan Hoch: "Thomson interviews for Yanks' manager job: Longtime bench coach is first to meet with club for position", mlb.com, November 8, 2017.