The process of finding Joe Girardi’s replacement is underway.
Rob Thomson, ex-skipper Girardi’s bench coach, was slated to become the first candidate to be interviewed for the Yankees’ managerial vacancy on Wednesday, a source confirmed. Ken Rosenthal was first with the news.
Thomson, 54, has been with the organization in a variety of capacities for nearly three decades. He served as Girardi’s right-hand man in 2008 and from 2015-17, and is known for his high baseball acumen.
“Everytime ‘Topper’ has a meeting, something (that he addresses) happens in the game we’re about to play,” Clint Frazier recently told MLB Network Radio. “It’s almost like he knows everything the other team is capable of. He’s the most aware guy on the field for us.”
Added Frazier: “He’s like a dad to you.”
Thomson, a native of Canada, played in the minors with Detroit from 1985-88 before transitioning to coaching and joining the Bombers in 1990 as the third-base coach for Single-A Ft. Lauderdale and moving up in the ranks. He has been with the MLB staff for a decade. He also served as Yankees third-base coach from 2009-14.
Sources have maintained that it is unlikely any of the coaches on Girardi’s staff would be seriously considered for the vacancy, though Brian Cashman wouldn’t rule anyone out during a teleconference with reporters on Monday.
Cashman recommended a managerial change to Hal Steinbrenner, and cited Girardi’s inability to connect and communicate with his players as the main reason why.
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