He has been working as a television commentator with ESPN. Former MLB player Aaron Boone as been tapped to be the pinstriped team's new manager and we've got 5 things to know about him.
The Yankees have reportedly named Aaron Boone as the team's new manager.
"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.
Boone has been an ESPN baseball analyst since 2010. He has never managed or coached at any level. Rob Thomson, who had been with the Yankees for almost three decades and most recently was Joe Girardi's bench coach, is expected to move to the Philadelphia Phillies to be Gabe Kapler's bench coach, sources said.
Also, when it appeared to come down to Hensley Meulens and Aaron Boone, I expected Meulens to be the Yankees' choice. His walk-off, 11th inning home run to win Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS was one of the more memorable playoff moments of this century, especially since it prolonged the then-current agony of the Boston Red Sox in the process.
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.
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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". Steinbrenner said he was unlikely to hire anyone without managerial experience, so Aaron must have impressed the hell of out him during his interviews!
"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 father Bob was a major league player until Aaron was a senior in high school and managed the Reds from 1995-97 and the Royals from 2001-03.
"I know what I would be signing up for", he said. His grandfather Ray was a major league third baseman and his brother Bret was a four-time All-Star. There's pressure that goes along with that.
He said he chose to stop the interviewing process after meeting with six candidates and that he would make a recommendation to ownership and they could go from there.
Cashman added: "He never expressed interest in any way, shape or form. I engaged him, but - I don't want to speak for him - but I don't think he has any interest in that position".
"Look, obviously, experience is very valuable and should be a check mark for somebody", Boone told reporters in a conference call after his interview with the Yankees.