Among the explanations common supervisor Brian Cashman gave for not bringing again Joe Girardi was that he believed it was time for “a new voice and a fresh voice” within the Yankees clubhouse.
One of the challenges Rob Thomson had as the primary individual to interview for the job was to show that he may present that voice after serving as Girardi’s bench coach — and spending the final 28 years within the Yankees’ group.
“I don’t want to compare myself to Joe,” Thomson stated throughout a Thursday convention name after his Wednesday interview. “I love Joe, but I know this: my strengths are my communication and my trust with the players. And because of that trust, we can implement more things into our game: badytics or sports science. I think I can get through to the players.”
Thomson is highly-regarded by each gamers and within the entrance workplace and hopes that units him aside within the course of that started in earnest together with his badembly Wednesday. Thomson stated it lasted between 5 and 6 hours and included Cashman, badistant GMs Jean Afterman and Michael Fishman, VP of Baseball Operations Tim Naehring, Dan Giese from the scouting division and “others along the way.”
It was as much as Thomson to show that he would have a greater relationship with the gamers than Girardi did, since Cashman talked in regards to the significance of the “connectivity and communication stage with the gamers in that clubhouse.’’
Whether his familiarity works in his favor stays to be seen.
The 54-year-old has been with the Yankees since 1990, when he was the third base coach for Clbad-A Fort Lauderdale. His solely managerial expertise got here in 1995 with Clbad-A Oneonta within the Penn League.
He spent the final 4 years as Girardi’s bench coach and has additionally served because the third base coach for six seasons. And he was beforehand the Major League subject coordinator, in addition to director of participant improvement.
One of Thomson’s duties as bench coach was his position in replay challenges, which got here into query due to the debacle in Game 2 of the ALDS towards Cleveland, when Girardi didn’t problem a name Chad Green pitch didn’t hit Lonnie Chisenhall. After Chisenhall was awarded first base, Francisco Lindor adopted with a grand slam and the Yankees blew a five-run lead.
Thomson, on the dugout cellphone with Brett Weber — who was video of the play — stated he realized from the expertise.
“Always keep your eyes on the field,” Thomson stated. “[Gary Sanchez] reacted to the play and the hitter reacted to the play. If I kept my eye on the field, I would have taken more time on the phone with Weber.”
Otherwise, his resume is strong and he’s a believer in badytics.
“Numbers have evolved so much,” Thomson stated. “They’re such great tools to have and if you’re not paying attention to it and you’re not utilizing the badysts upstairs, I think you’re kind of foolish.”
Prior to Wednesday, Thomson had solely had one managerial interview — and that was over the cellphone with the Blue Jays in 2010. John Farrell ended up getting the job.
“I’ve always wanted to manage,” Thomson stated. “Every game I’ve ever watched or been a part of, I’ve kind of managed it in my mind.”
And if he’s handed over as supervisor, Thomson stated he needs to stay on the teaching employees. Like the remainder of Girardi’s employees, Thomson’s contract expired on the finish of final month and groups got permission to succeed in out. And Thomson stated he has been in contact with different groups “just in case.”
“I’m a Yankee,” Thomson stated. “I’ve been here for 28 years. If I didn’t get this job, I’d certainly want to come back because this is what I consider my home. … I love what’s going on here. I’m very optimistic for the future of this franchise.”