Rob Thomson just did what only two others have done since 1900 as Phillies keep streaking


The Phillies continue to look like a different team under Rob Thomson.

The interim manager led his team to an eighth straight victory since replacing Joe Girardi, while the Phillies have won nine in a row overall, with a victory over the Diamondbacks on Saturday afternoon. Per the team, Thomson becomes just the third manager in MLB history to win that many games to begin their managerial career since 1900, joining Joe M. Morgan with the Red Sox, who won 12 in 1988, and a fellow Phillies manager Pat Moran, who also won eight straight in 1915.

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The Phillies won the pennant that season under Moran.

Thomson seems to have made an immediate impact on the once reeling Phillies, as players have said the “vibe” in the clubhouse feels different since Thomson took over. It’s certainly showing on the field, and it’s starting to show in the standings, as Philadelphia climbed over the .500 mark with a win streak they hadn’t matched since 2011.

Even the Phillie Phanatic is streaking, taking everything off but his sneakers as he ran through the outfield during a break in the action.