Here is a candidate that we don’t hear too much about, but he was on the lips of a Yankee fan friend of mine. As I looked into his background I learned he would make a lot of sense. This one fits the bill as the “loyal soldier”. He has been on the bench beside Joe Girardi for a long time, waiting his turn. It is worth giving this man some thought. Who am I talking about?
I am talking about Rob Thomson. Thomson has been in the Bronx since 1990. He was hired back then to be the third base coach of the Fort Lauderdale single A affiliate of the Yankees. After going up the ranks in the front office, Thomson was named to the coaching staff in 2003. He worked as the first base coach in place of Tony Pena when he was ill, and also managed the team in April of 2008 due to an illness to Girardi. He has been the bench coach since 2008.
Being around that long gives Thomson extensive big game experience with the Yankees. He has been through the wars with Joe Girardi. What also makes him interesting is the fact that he has waited his turn paying his dues. He is not the guy that has expressed the urge to get away and manage. Thomson is clearly loyal to the Yankees organization and that should score some points up stairs. They really should give Rob Thomson a look at the very least.