A former MLB player who spent nine years as general manager of 

the Philadelphia Phillies, died Wednesday. He was 86 years old.

Thomas built the Phillies roster that won the 1993 National League pennant

after a 97-win season. That success, which came the same year,

saw him draft future All-Star third baseman Scott Rollan,

earning him the Sporting News Executive of the Year honor.

Following the conclusion of his playing career, Thomas worked for St.

Louis Cardinals as a minor league bullpen coach and manager.

He later became the organization's director of player development in 1980,

overseeing three World Series and one championship before joining the Philadelphia front office in 1988.

The Cardinals extended their condolences to his family, friends and colleagues on Twitter.