The Yankees have their new manager, Aaron Boone. Thirty-five days after firing Joe Girardi, New York announced the hiring of the 44-year-old former major leaguer.
For the past seven years, Boone has been working as an on-air analyst at ESPN, and he’s worked the past two seasons on Sunday Night Baseball with Dan Shulman and Jessica Mendoza.
Before his retirement in 2009, Boone played 54 games at third base for the Yankees during the 2003 season. He’s most known for his walk-off home run off of Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. It was the home run that sent the Yankees to the World Series and extended the curse of the Bambino.
He had been the Yankees everyday third baseman in 2003 before injuring his left knee playing basketball during the offseason. This prompted the Yankees to make a trade with the Texas Rangers in January of 2004 for a player named Alex Rodriguez.
Boone was one of six candidates to interview with the club. Other candidates included Hensley Meulens, Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge, Chris Woodward, and Carlos Beltran.
Boone has no previous coaching or managerial experience, but the Yankees are hoping his young and engaging personality will be able to relate to players better than his predecessor.
The Yankees chose Boone specifically to correct the perceived shortcomings of Girardi. They wanted a manager who would better communicate with players and be open to new ideas like analytics.
After it had been reported that the two finalists were Boone and Giants’ bench coach Hensley Meulens, Boone was ultimately selected to take over the team that was one win away from the World Series.
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