By Jack Ryan
The Phillies are one of the best stories in baseball.
Given up for dead after starting 22-29, they fired manager Joe Girardi and elevated Rob Thomson.
His record as manager was 47-26 through last night, and he reached 40 victories in only 59 games, the fastest for any manager in the franchise’s 140-year history.
Instant success only helps build trust, but the players say it runs deeper.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re a veteran or you’re a rookie, he treats you the same,” veteran second baseman Jean Segura, who once clashed in the dugout with Girardi, told the New York Times.
“As a skipper, you want everybody to respect you, and at the same point, you need to understand that you have to give that respect back to the player. We are human beings and we are grown men here. If you respect me, I’m going to respect you back. It’s something Thomson does a really good job at — communicating.”