Aaron Boone to be named next manager of Yankees

Aaron Boone to be named next manager of Yankees

While Boone is a long-time former player, he's stepping onto the bench for the first time as a coach in any kind of capacity; he's spent the last several years as a broadcaster for ESPN, working the Sunday Night Baseball games.

With reigning AL home run king Aaron Judge, power-hitting catcher Gary Sanchez, ace Luis Severino, a top-notch bullpen and ascendant young infielder Gleyber Torres all at his disposal, Boone should have the resources necessary to morph the Yankees into a perennial powerhouse once he gets acclimated to life on the bench.

Aaron Boone said on November 17 that he believes that time with the Yankees could help him prepare for this job, which certainly comes with its share of expectations.

Boone gained the credibility to work at ESPN by virtue of having a 13-year Major League career that included stints with the Reds, Yankees, Indians, Marlins, Nationals and Astros.

The New York Yankees have selected former star player Aaron Boone to replace Joe Girardi as manager, United States media reported on Friday. "I think that's something that many of us relish in - the opportunity to have something on the line and a lot at stake is, I think, something that makes you want to go after it". Boone's walk-off home run in Game 7 of the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox sent NY to the World Series and extended Boston's "Curse of the Bambino".

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The Yankees signed Boone to return as their third baseman in 2004, but when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament playing basketball that January, the team traded for Alex Rodriguez and cut Boone, costing him most of his $5.75 million salary. He said Cashman contacted him about succeeding Girardi, whose contract was not renewed despite the Yankees' surprising surge to the ALCS. Girardi managed the Yankees for 10 years, including a World Series championship season in 2009. The average age of his last three teams has been a little over 27.

"It's just understanding what it is to be a Yankee, what it is to play here and just understanding the expectations that go with it", Boone said. Boone told reporters after his interview that he's been preparing for this job "for 44 years".

It's definitely an out-of-the-box hire by the normally by-the-book Yankees, but Boone was so impressive in his interview on November 17 that general manager Brian Cashman recommended him to Hal Steinbrenner over other managerial candidates Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge, Chris Woodward, Carlos Betran and Hensley Meulens.

"I understand what it is to be a Yankee", he said.

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