Boone picked by Yankees as next manager

Sheri Evans
December 3, 2017

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Aaron Boone will be named the next manager of the New York Yankees, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney. Boone, of course, is yet to manage at any level.

However, he has ties to the club, having hit the walk-off home run in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox in 2003.

He was a big league third baseman from 1997-2009 and was an All-Star in 2003, when NY acquired him from the Cincinnati Reds at the trade deadline.

Interviews are over and the Yankees will pick between the six candidates who have already interviewed for the job - Aaron Boone, Hensley Meulens, Carlos Beltran, Eric Wedge, Rob Thompson and Chris Woodward. The person was not authorized to discuss the move because the Yankees have not announced it.

Speaking earlier Friday, Cashman said he had consulted with Rodriguez about the candidates but said the former Yankee was not one of them. He said Cashman contacted him about succeeding Girardi, whose contract was not renewed despite the Yankees' surprising surge to the ALCS.

Boone told reporters after his interview that he's been preparing for this job "for 44 years". "In a way, I've been preparing for this job my entire life".

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Boone's career with NY was brief. 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.

"One of the big parts of the job is relationships, " said Boone, a point he expanded on. "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".

Boone said during the interview process that he didn't think his lack of managerial experience would be a deterrent. He had been at ESPN since his retirement as a player.

"I understand what it is to be a Yankee", he said.

"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", Boone said.

His dad has worked for the Washington Nationals since December 2004 and now is an assistant general manager.

As things stand, Aaron Boone will be the next manager of the New York Yankees. "There's a lot to consider and there's a lot of great information out there that is instilled into the game today. I think that's something that many of us relish in - 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".

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