Joe Torre

Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson 1st to interview for manager

Longtime Yankees coach Rob Thomson emphasized his ability to speak with players as he became the first person to audition for the New York manager job that opened when Joe Girardi was jettisoned last month.

A 54-year-old Canadian who has been with the Yankees for 28 seasons, Thomson spent a decade as a coach under Girardi. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman cited "connectivity" with players as the reason to part with Girardi.

"I really don't want to compare myself to Joe. I love Joe," Thomson said during a media session Thursday, a day after his five-to-six-hour interview. "But I do know this. My strengths are my communication and my trust with...