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Rob Thomson #59

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Full Name:
Rob Thomson
Uniform #:
59

Coaching Career
Begins his 25th season as a member of the Yankees organization in 2014, seventh on the Yankees Major League coaching staff and sixth as third base coach… served as the club's bench coach for the 2008 season. Also oversees Yankees outfielders, who combined for a .993 fielding pct. (1,119TC, 8E) in 2013, the second-best mark in the Majors behind Baltimore (.995). Stood in for manager Joe Girardi for three games in 2008, going 1-2 (games count in Girardi's official 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 Joe 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 Joe 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 Class-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 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 in the 32nd round of the 1985 First-Year Player Draft by the Detroit Tigers. Was a catcher and a third baseman in the Tigers system from 1985-88 before joining the Tigers' minor league coaching staff in 1988.

Personal
He and his wife, Michele, have two daughters, Jacqueline and Christina.

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