Rob Thomson leads Phillies on fire in wildcard position

Rob Thomson is Exhibit A that a mid-season change of direction can work.

The former Phillies bench coach (he previously held the same role with the Yankees) was elevated to manager after Joe Girardi was fired on June 3. The Phillies begin a three-game series Friday at Citi Field as one of the hottest teams in MLB a 40-20 record since Thomson’s promotion.

The Phillies held a half-game lead, entering Thursday’s game, for the National League’s second wildcard spot.

Earlier this week, Keith Hernandez half-jokingly said on SNY that he was asking for a leave of absence from the broadcast booth for games against Philadelphia because the Phillies “fundamentally and defensively still haven’t been up to snuff.”

The comment was not well received by Thomson.

“I heard about it,” Thomson told reporters in Philadelphia. “[Hernandez] is a good baseball player and I respect her opinion, but that doesn’t mean I have to agree with her because I don’t. I think we’ve played very well defensively over the past few months. I think we made five mistakes in July and [Tuesday] the night was our first in August.”

Phillies coach Rob Thomson

Dominic Smith’s fate was sealed after the Mets acquired left-handed bats Daniel Vogelbach and Tyler Naquin before the trade deadline.

The Mets reinstated Smith on the injured list on Thursday and offered him to Triple-A Syracuse, where he had been recovering from a sprained right ankle.

This will be Smith’s second stint with the minors this season — he spent most of June with Syracuse after a slow start to the season with the Mets.

Smith has a slash of .194/.276/.284 in 58 games with the Mets this season. His last home run came on July 21, 2021 in Cincinnati.

The Mets have announced the full list of expected attendees for Alumni Day on Aug. 27 at Citi Field. The Mets last hosted the event in 1994.

Coaches: Terry Collins, Joe Torre, Willie Randolph, Bobby Valentine.

Pitchers: Craig Anderson, Bartolo Colon, David Cone, Dennis Cook, Ron Darling, Steve Dillon, Sid Fernandez, John Franco, Dwight Gooden, Mike Hampton, Jay Hook, Terry Leach, Al Leiter, Skip Lockwood, Ed Lynch, Ken MacKenzie, Pat Mahomes, Pedro Martinez, Jon Matlack, Roger McDowell, Bob Ojeda, Jesse Orosco, Glendon Rusch, Johan Santana, Doug Sisk, Steve Trachsel, Billy Wagner, Turk Wendell.

Seekers: Todd Hundley, Mike Piazza, Todd Pratt, John Stearns, Josh Thole.

Infielders: Edgardo Alfonzo, Wally Backman, Rico Brogna, Kevin Elster, Keith Hernandez, Howard Johnson, Ray Knight, Ed Kranepool, Felix Millan, Daniel Murphy, Jose Reyes, Rafael Santana, Tim Teufel, Robin Ventura, Todd Zeile.

Outfielders: Benny Agbayani, Endy Chavez, Cliff Floyd, Steve Henderson, Cleon Jones, Lee Mazzilli, Kevin Mitchell, Jay Payton, Art Shamsky, Darryl Strawberry, Ron Swoboda, Frank Thomas, Mookie Wilson.

New York Post

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