New York Yankees Will Make Aaron Boone Their New Manager

New York Yankees Will Make Aaron Boone Their New Manager

Boone has been an ESPN analyst since 2010 and has never managed in the big leagues.

One thing Boone does seem to have in spades is the personality to both deal with a relatively young Yankees team and thrive in the spotlight of the NY media.

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. That last part might be one of the main differences between Boone and the man he replaces, Joe Girardi, though we won't know for sure until he start managing some games. Boone retired after a 12-year playing career in which he finished with a.263 career batting average with 126 home runs.

The role has evolved to become a more direct conduit to the front office, with increasing emphasis on tying decisions about lineups and strategies decisions to analytics.

Boone, 44, is best known for his American League Championship Series Game 7-winning home run to extend the Red Sox curse in 2003 and send the Yankees to the World Series. His grandfather Ray Boone was an infielder for six teams from 1948 through 1960. and his father, Bob, was one of the most durable catchers in major league history, lasting from 1972 through 1990.

Boone's time with the Yankees as a player wasn't very long; he broke his leg playing a pickup game of basketball; an injury that led to the trade of Alex Rodriguez in February of 2004. Brian Cashman is banking on a former player turned manager to become the next in line to have that same kind of success.

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Cashman said that while there was no flawless candidate, "We're looking for someone like we had before: someone that we can work with and collaborate with and connect with in good times and in bad". After his job interview, Boone said he grasped the demands.

Meulens has been coaching since 2003 and was recently named the San Francisco Giants bench coach after eight years as their hitting coach.

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

As for A-Rod, "I engaged him, " Cashman said. "Certainly the expectations now will be ramped up even more after such a successful season and when you look at the roster that we're going to potentially have out there".

Larry Rothschild is signed to return as the Yankees' pitching coach for next season, but the team must now begin filling the rest of Boone's staff.

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