Aaron Boone will be named the next manager of the New York Yankees, sources confirmed to ESPN's Buster Olney. Boone on Friday was hired to manage the New York Yankees despite no prior managerial or coaching experience.
But the Boone-Yankees bond has roots that go back 14 years, not because of his pennant-winning home run in 2003, but his quick display of responsibility and integrity a few months later.
The New York Daily News' Bill Madden first relayed word of the Bronx Bombers' decision to hire the former ESPN analyst and Yankee third baseman, who became a pinstriped folk hero when he hit an 11th-inning, walk-off home run in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS against the Boston Red Sox.
"At the end of the day, we're going to do things that are going to be best for the Yankees, " Boone said two weeks ago. All of the Boone's played in one or more MLB All-Star Games. He injured his left knee while playing basketball during the following offseason, setting off a sequence of events that led to the Yankees' February 2004 trade for Alex Rodriguez. "Certainly, it's fair to question my experience in actually doing the job, but I would say in a way I've been preparing for this job for the last 44 years".
Boone had never interviewed previously for a manager opening.
As such, Cashman said that he was prepared to make his recommendation to managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, which turned out to be Boone.
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From 1997 - 2009 he played for six different teams. Cashman later said he was concerned over "ability to fully engage, communicate, connect with the playing personnel".
The average age of Girardi's first seven Yankees rosters was always between 29.3 and 31.8 years, according to Baseball Reference. Boone, who is nearly nine years younger than Girardi, will perhaps forge stronger bonds with a young core that includes right fielder Aaron Judge, catcher Gary Sanchez, first baseman Greg Bird and pitchers Luis Severino and Dellin Betances.
Four of the six candidates who interviewed for the job at Yankee Stadium have ties with the team.
"I understand what it is to be a Yankee", he said.
Also, when it appeared to come down to Hensley Meulens and Aaron Boone, I expected Meulens to be the Yankees' choice. "And then growing up where my dad was in the big leagues from the time I was born to the time I was in a senior in high school and being around great teams, great players, I've kind of lived this game as a kid", he said.