Yankees Roster & Staff

Robert Thomson

MANAGING/COACHING CAREER

Named Phillies bench coach on 12/5/17; also coordinates spring training l Spent 28 seasons as member of the NYY organization (1990-2017), including 10 on the ML coaching staff as the bench coach (2008, 2015-17) and 3rd base coach (2009-14) l Stood in as manager for Joe Girardi for 3 games in 2008, and was believed to be the first Canadian to manage or stand in to manage a ML game since 1934 (PIT's George "Mooney" Gibson) l Went 1-2 in those games as manager, although the totals counted toward Girardi's managerial record l Served as NYY's major league field coordinator in 2007 after spending three seasons (2004-06) as a special assignment instructor l Was named NYY's director of player development in 2000, holding the position until his promotion to vice president of minor league development prior to 2003 l Moved into NYY's front office as a field coordinator in 1998 after spending two seasons (1996-97) as 3rd base coach for Columbus (AAA) l Spent the 1995 season as manager of Oneonta (A) in the New York-Penn League after spending five years (1990-94) as a coach in NYY's minor league system l Joined the NYY organization in 1990 as a 3rd base coach for Fort Lauderdale (A) l Represented DET at an MLB clinic in 1989 l Coached briefly in DET's minor league system during the 1988 season.

PLAYING CAREER

Selected by DET in the 32nd round of the June 1985 draft l Played four minor league seasons in DET's farm system from 1985-88 l Played in 136 games as a catcher, 55 at 3rd base, 4 at 1st base and 1 each at 2nd base and pitcher.

PERSONAL

Robert Lewis Thomson… Married Michele Wilker (2/7/87); has two daughters, Jacqueline and Christina… Played baseball for one year at St. Clair County Community College (MI) before transferring to the University of Kansas… Is a 2019 inductee into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.