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Rob Thomson leads enthusiastic Phillies to wild card position

Rob Thomson is proof A that mid-season management change works.

Former Phillies bench coach (who previously held the same role with the Yankees) was promoted to manager on June 3 after Girardi was fired. He's one of MLB's hottest teams, with a 40-20 record since Thomson's promotion.

The Phillies maintained a half-game lead going into Thursday's play to earn his second wild card spot in the National League.

Earlier this week, Keith Hernandez jokingly said he requested to leave the broadcast booth for the game against Philadelphia on SNY. that.

comments were not accepted by Thomson.

"I've heard of it," Thomson told reporters in Philadelphia. “[Hernandez] is a good baseball player and I respect his opinion, but just because we disagree doesn’t mean we have to agree. I think I made five errors in July, but [Tuesday] night was the first one in August."

Phillies manager Rob Thomson

Dominic Smith's fate dictates Daniel Vogelbach and Tyler Nakin before trade deadline set after Mets leave hit the

The Mets returned Smith from the injured list on Thursday, giving him an option to Triple-A Syracuse, where he was rehabbing from a sprained right ankle.

It will be Smith's second stint in the minors this season. He spent most of June in Syracuse after a poor start to the season with the Mets.

Smith has appeared in his 58 games with the Mets this season, recording a .194/.276/.284 slash his line. His last home run was in Cincinnati on July 21, 2021.

The Mets have released the full list of expected attendees for Oldtimer Day, which takes place August 27 at Citi Field. The last time the Mets hosted this event was in 1994.

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

Pitchers: Craig Anderson, Bartolo Colon, David Cohn, 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, John Mutlak, Roger McDowell, Bob Ojeda, Jesse Orozco, Glendon Rush, Johann Santana, Doug Sisk, Steve Traxel, Billy Wagner, Turk Wendell

Catchers: Todd Handley, Mike Piazza, Todd Platt, John Stearns, Josh Toll.

Infielders: Edgardo Alfonso, Wally Bachman, Rico Brogna, Kevin Elster, Keith Hernandez, Howard Johnson, Ray Knight, Ed Kleinpool, Felix Milan, Daniel Murphy, Jose Reyes, Rafael Santana, Tim Too Fell, Robin Ventura, Todd Zaile.

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