Yankees interview Rob Thomson for managerial opening Wednesday
General manager Brian Cashman told media members that he and the Yankees front office would be interviewing a "very diverse list of internal and external candidates," and on Wednesday, Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson was reportedly interviewed for the opening, Ken Rosenthal first reported.
Thomson was an early favorite to take over the reins from Girardi, who spent 10 years leading the team to 910 regular season wins, six postseason appearances and a World Series championship in 2009. No manager won more often during that span than Girardi, who said he was "thankful" but ultimately "disappointed" that he wouldn't get another chance to return as manager.
Thomson, a native of Stratford, Ontario, Canada, has been a member of the Yankees organization for over 28 years, and 2017 marked his 10th year serving as a member of the team's coaching staff.
Thomson first joined the club as a third base coach for Single-A Ft. Lauderdale in 1990, and has made his way up the ladder over the years, working as a field coordinator, base coach, minor league manager, and player development director during his Yankees career.
"Our issues and concerns were the ability to engage, fully communicate and connect with the playing personnel," Cashman said of his ideal candidate to succeed Girardi, adding that, "there's no perfect person that checks every box."
Thomson has certainly watched firsthand the development of young players like Greg Bird, Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge and Luis Severino, all of whom rose through the Yankees' minor league ranks to become impact players at the Major League level. While it appears that Cashman and company will demonstrate their due diligence in the managerial hunt, Thomson is one candidate to keep an eye on for the job.