Rob Thomson, one of five candidates to interview for the Yankees’ managerial vacancy, will also interview for the Phillies’ bench coach position this week, the Daily News confirmed.
Thomson, who has been in the Bombers’ organization for nearly three decades, most recently served as ex-skipper Joe Girardi’s bench coach (2008, 2015-17).
During his teleconference with reporters following the Yankees’ interview, the 54-year-old touted himself as a communicator who could get through to his players. It was Girardi’s communication issues that led to his ouster.
Thomson is known for his baseball acumen, and would be considered a safe choice if he got the Yankees’ job.
The Bombers have also officially interviewed Eric Wedge, Hensley Meulens, Aaron Boone and Chris Woodward.
It is unknown how they will proceed, though it is interesting that Thomson, who is without a contract for 2018, interviewed with another team.
Meulens and Boone appeared to be standouts.
Meulens is unique given his past experiences both as a coach and a player with Yankee ties. He can speak five languages — including Spanish and Japanese.
Boone, who famously homered against the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS to put the Yankees in the World Series, is a candidate Cashman has been intrigued with. The ESPN TV analyst has no coaching or managerial experience, though Boone said he’s been preparing for this opportunity his whole life. He comes from a baseball family, and his father Bob managed in Kansas City and Cincinnati.
Hal Steinbrenner had said at the Owner’s Meetings that the team planned to interview “less than 10” candidates in New York before having 2-to-3 finalists meet with Steinbrenner and the rest of his family in Tampa.
Brian Cashman is running the team’s search, and the GM has put no timetable on it. The Yankees currently have the only managerial vacancy in MLB.
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