Canadian Yankees coach grateful for time with Derek Jeter

Yankees star Derek Jeter with coach Robbie Thomson (Reuters)

Yankees star Derek Jeter with coach Robbie Thomson (Reuters)

Bob Elliott, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:10 PM ET

DUNEDIN, FLA. - When the time came, Robbie Thomson couldn’t find Derek Jeter.

Jeter had spent the start of 1993 spring training at major-league camp with the New York Yankee millionaires at Fort Lauderdale. He was then sent to minor-league camp.

A minor-league coach in the Yankees system, Thomson went to watch class-A Greensboro for a look at the No. 1 pick from the June before.

“He blended in, here he was 19 working out with 22-, 23-, 24-year-olds,” said Thomson, the Corunna, Ont., native who now lives in Stratford with his wife, two daughters and five World Series rings.

“I couldn’t find him during stretching and couldn’t spot him during batting practice,” added the Yankees’ current third-base coach. “I had to look at my roster sheet to find his number and then go and find him. I don’t recall his number, but it wasn’t No. 2.”

The 5,533 fans at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium Sunday afternoon couldn’t find No. 2, either.


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