Boone picked by Yankees as next manager

Posted December 03, 2017

Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, former Yankee and current ESPN television analyst Aaron Boone and former Yankee player Hensley Meulens, now bench coach with the Giants, also interviewed.

It's easy to imagine an experienced ex-MLB manager, such as Eric Wedge, serving as Boone's bench coach (Boone played for Wedge in Cleveland) and pitching coach Larry Rothschild is returning to guide the staff.

The Yankees made it to the seventh game of the American League Championship Series a little ahead of schedule, so Boone will be working with a young and hungry team which got its first taste of playoff baseball.

He was a big league third baseman from 1997 to 2009 and was an All-Star in 2003, when NY acquired him from the Cincinnati Reds at the trade deadline. He tore a knee ligament in a pickup basketball game during the 2003-04 offseason and was released by the Yankees, who replaced him by acquiring Alex Rodriguez. Steinbrenner said he was unlikely to hire anyone without managerial experience, so Aaron must have impressed the hell of out him during his interviews!

Four of the six candidates who interviewed for the job at Yankee Stadium have ties with the team.

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The Yankees' search for a manager has taken more than a month. "There's a lot to consider and there's a lot of great information out there that is instilled into the game today". "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". How we gather information and get it into the hands of his players is a very important part of the job nowadays, " Boone stated two weeks ago.

Speaking earlier Friday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he had consulted with Rodriguez about the candidates, but said the former Yankee was not one of them.

Cashman added: "He never expressed interest in any way, shape or form". "I think that's something that many of us relish - the opportunity to have something on the line and a lot at stake is, I think, something that makes you want to go after it".

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.

Bill Madden of the New York Daily News was the first to report the hiring of Boone, a former Yankees third baseman who will become the 35th manager in club history.