Philadelphia Phillies manager has high hopes for Kansas baseball

LAWRENCE — Rob Thomson’s improbable run to Major League Baseball’s World Series this past year, as the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, has its roots in his time playing college baseball for the Kansas Jayhawks.

Thomson, initially the Phillies’ interim manager, played three years at Kansas from 1983-85. As he became one of the best hitters in program history, he set the record for single-season batting average at .443. And this past Saturday, he spoke to the Jayhawks’ future with new head coach Dan Fitzgerald.

Rob Thomson believes the future is bright

Thomson said he and Fitzgerald, who was an assistant at LSU before being hired at Kansas ahead of the 2023 season, have spoken often since Fitzgerald took over. He thinks Fitzgerald has done a great job so far and — in addition to loving the players — understands the game and is energetic. Fitzgerald is attempting to lead the Jayhawks back to an NCAA regional for the first time since 2014, and a Big 12 Conference title for the first time since it won the conference tournament in 2006.

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