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Robert Thomson

Coaching Career

Begins his 28th season as a member of the Yankees organization in 2017 and 10th on the Yankees' Major League coaching staff…the 2017 season marks his fourth as the club's bench coach, having held the position in 2008 before returning to the role in 2015…spent six seasons as the Yankees' third base coach from 2009-14. Stood in for manager Joe Girardi for three games in 2008, going 1-2 (games count in Girardi's offocial total)…is believed to be the first Canadian to manage or stand in to manage a Major League game since George (Mooney) Gibson with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1934…was 0-2 from 4/4-5/08 vs. Tampa Bay when Girardi missed two games with an upper respiratory infection…won on 5/23 vs. Baltimore while Girardi served a one-game suspension…also guided the Yankees to a "walk-off" victory on 5/22 vs. Baltimore when Girardi was ejected in the sixth inning (went in the books as Girardi's 100th career managerial victory)…again took over following a Girardi ejection on 7/5/08 vs. Boston, with the Yankees recording a "walk-off" win. Served as the Yankees' Major League field coordinator in 2007 after spending the previous three seasons (2004-06) as a special assignment instructor…was named to the Yankees' Major League coaching staff on 11/4/03. Joined the Yankees organization in 1990 as a third base coach for Single-A Ft. Lauderdale. Coached in the Yankees system for five years before taking over as manager of short-season Single-A Oneonta of the NY-Penn League in 1995. Served as the third base coach at Triple-A Columbus in 1996 and 1997 before moving to the Yankees front office as a field coordinator in 1998. Was promoted to Yankees Director of Player Development in 2000 and named Vice President of Minor League Development prior to the 2003 season.

Playing Career

Attended the University of Kansas and was selected by the Detriot Tigers in the 32nd round of the 1985 First-Year Player Draft. Was a catcher and a third baseman in the Tigers system from 1985-88 before joining the Tigers' minor league coaching staff shortly after the start of the 1988 season…represented the Tigers organization at an MLB clinic in Russia in 1989.


He and his wife, Michele, have two daughters, Jacqueline and Christina. Played baseball for one year at St. Clair County Community College (Mich.) before transferring to the University of Kansas.