First up, Rob Thomson. The Yankees kicked off interviews for their vacant manager position Wednesday with Thomson, who has been with the Bombers for 28 years in a variety of roles, the last four as Joe Girardi’s bench coach. A source confirmed that the Yankees were interviewing Thomson. The 54-year-old Thomson, a classic baseball lifer well-respected throughout the industry for his overall knowledge of the game, was the Yankees third base coach from 2009-2014. Though on the surface considering Thomson would seem to run contrary to general manager Brian Cashman saying he wanted a “new and fresh” voice in the clubhouse, the longtime coach does check several of the boxes the Yankees GM is looking for in his next manager. In no particular order, Thomson is well-versed in analytics and popular among players in the clubhouse, both for his knowledge and ability to communicate that information to players.