Aaron Boone to be named next manager of Yankees

04 December, 2017, 01:52 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • New York Yankees former 3rd baseman Alex Rodriguez

The New York Daily News was the first to report the hiring.

Along with Boone and Meulens, the Yankees interviewed four other candidates: recently retired outfielder Carlos Beltran, longtime Yankees coach Rob Thomson (who sources say will now join the Phillies as their bench coach), former big league manager Eric Wedge and Dodgers third-base coach Chris Woodward.

A-Rod has received high marks as a baseball analyst in his current role for Fox Sports. All of the Boone's played in one or more MLB All-Star Games. But he made his stay memorable, blasting a Tim Wakefield knuckleball into the left-field seats in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, defeating the Boston Red Sox and sending the Yankees to the World Series.

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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.

Boone will be named the team's next manager, multiple media outlets reported Friday night.

Still, it's a risk to turn over the most famous baseball team in the world, one that came within one game of reaching the World Series in 2017, to someone so untested. We've got 5 things to know about him. Steinbrenner approved, giving Boone his first managing job at any level.

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Boone's father has worked for the Washington Nationals since December 2004 and now is an assistant general manager. He's been around the game his whole life, so even if it is his first managing, he's not some unknown just waltzing into NY.

The controversial ex-slugger might have been an intriguing candidate to replace Joe Girardi as Yankees' manager, but "he never expressed interest in any way, shape or form in it, " general manager Brian Cashman said. And he's been able to thrive in the spotlight before; just like Girardi did. On Dec. 1, the Yankees decided Aaron was the man.

Whatever their relationship with Girardi, those players helped the Yankees win the top AL wild card spot and make a deep playoff run, a rapid rise for a team that seemed to be in transition. Both had incredible success.

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"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. He's walking into an incredible job that has him set up for success.

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