Villa Park product Aaron Boone to be named next manager of Yankees
03 December, 2017, 02:10 | Author: Hannah Francis
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 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.
What a gamble! The New York Yankees after an extensive search have named former Major League Baseball infielder Aaron Boone to be the just the 35th manager in the team's history.
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 decision was down to Boone and Meulens after they, plus Beltran, gave the most impressive interviews, Bill Madden of the New York Daily News reports. Boone has not been in uniform since retiring as a player eight years ago, but his hiring continues a trend around the majors. In 2003, he played in 55 regular-season games with the Bronx Bombers and was part of the squad that lost to the Marlins in that year's World Series.
Boone, an ESPN baseball analyst since 2010, has never managed or coached at any level. After all, the longer the Yankees' managerial search lasts, the more A-Rod's name might come up.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said earlier Friday that he will make his recommendation for manager to owner Hal Steinbrenner soon. His father, Bob, was a four-time All-Star catcher from 1972-90, then managed Kansas City from 1995-97 and Cincinnati from 2001-03.
"I find myself managing games all the time and thinking about strategies and how I would handle different situations", Boone said.
But this is still a gamble by Cashman, taking a chance on Boone after Joe Girardi's 10th season ended one win shy of a World Series appearance - a run that didn't udo the GM's desire to hire a fresh voice, and a new style. Rob Thomson, who had been with the Yankees for almost three decades and most recently was Joe Girardi's bench coach, is expected to move to the Philadelphia Phillies to be Gabe Kapler's bench coach, sources said.
Boone said he had interviewed for front office and coaching roles in recent years, but never for a manager's job.
Is Aaron Boone ready to lead the New York Yankees? "I looked for a lot of guidance from a lot of people that I have respect for, and Alex knows baseball as well as anybody".
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