New York Yankees Decide on Aaron Boone as Manager

Taylor Byrd
December 3, 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.

The decision ultimately came down to Boone and San Francisco Giants bench coach Hensley "Bam Bam" Meulens. Boone's walk-off home run in Game 7 of the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox sent NY to the World Series and extended Boston's "Curse of the Bambino".

Boone, who starred at Villa Park High before a 12-year career in the major leagues, has been an ESPN baseball analyst since 2010.

The New York Daily News, one of several outlets reporting the move, said Yankees officials were attracted to Boone's "polish".

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.

As such, Cashman said that he was prepared to make his recommendation to managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, which turned out to be Boone.

Cashman said that while there was no flawless candidate, "We're looking for someone like we had before: someone that we can work with and collaborate with and connect with in good times and in bad". "He certainly connected with me about what his thoughts are and the types of people he thinks we should play on".

As manager of the Yankees, Boone will be under a microscope and very little will remain unknown about him starting today.

As the new Yankees manager, Boone is committed to the 2017 version of a manager who embraces analytics and sees his office as "an extension of the front office".

The average age of Girardi's first seven Yankees rosters was always between 29.3 and 31.8 years, according to Baseball Reference. That's a good thing, because Aaron Boone doesn't have any.

This Yankees team is on the rise and ready to compete for championships.

The Yankees interviewed six candidates for the job. "Expectations are ramped up even more".

The team interviewed six candidates total: recently retired outfielder Carlos Beltran; longtime Yankees coach Rob Thomson; former big league manager Eric Wedge; and Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward.

Apparently, Boone was the guy who checked most of the boxes.

"I find myself managing games all the time and thinking about strategies and how I would handle different situations", Boone said.

Both Boone and Meulens have Yankee backgrounds.

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