Aaron Boone Walks into Perfect Job as Next New York Yankees Manager

Aaron Boone tabbed as Yankees manager reports say

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.

According to George King of the NY Daily News - Meulens and Boone are the favorites and Beltran has an outside shot.

The author of one of the most memorable moments in Yankees postseason history, a deciding home run off Tim Wakefield that defeated the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series, Boone will assume the prestigious position without any previous coaching or managerial experience.

Boone has baseball in his blood; his father was Bob Boone, who was also a former player and manager, and his brother was Bret Boone, a former All Star infielder. Well, it's hard to tell considering his lack of experience.

The New York Yankees have apparently decided that the right fit is more important when it comes to their managerial vacancy. "In a way, I've been preparing for this job my entire life".

Is Aaron Boone ready to lead the New York Yankees? "I'm 44 years old now, I've been going to the ballpark since I was 3 and 4 years old and in a way, managing the game from a very young age". "That's part of the game and Major League sports".

"I feel like I am the guy that can hopefully help these guys go to another level as players", Boone said after his November 17 interview. There's pressure that goes along with that.

In a conference call with reporters on November 17, after his interview with the Yankees, Boone said he would relish the high-pressure job of managing the storied franchise.

The news came down on Friday night that the longtime third baseman will become the next Yankees manager for the 2018 season; succeeding Joe Girardi, who parted ways with the team after 10 years in the Bronx.

"I reached out to Alex a number of times, 'Hey, what do you got?' I looked for a lot of guidance from a lot of people that I have a lot of respect for, and Alex knows baseball as well as anybody" Cashman said.

"He never expressed interest in any way, shape or form. I engaged him. I don't want to speak for him, but I don't think he has any interest in that position".

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.


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