New York Yankees hiring Aaron Boone as next manager

Posted December 03, 2017

With reigning AL home run king Aaron Judge, power-hitting catcher Gary Sanchez, ace Luis Severino, a top-notch bullpen and ascendant young infielder Gleyber Torres all at his disposal, Boone should have the resources necessary to morph the Yankees into a perennial powerhouse once he gets acclimated to life on the bench. That person also spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision was not announced.

Boone, 44, has never managed or coached at the pro level, but he's stayed in the game as an ESPN analyst and lately began considering making himself available for opportunities to manage. 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.

"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.

Boone's grandfather, Ray, father, Bob, and brother, Bret, all played in the Majors, and his father managed the Reds (1995-97) and Royals (2001-03).

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The Yankees let former manager Joe Girardi, 53, go after their season ended in October when team GM Brian Cashman recommended to owner Hal Steinbrenner that the pinstriped ones find a new leader. He said Cashman contacted him about succeeding Girardi, whose contract was not renewed despite the Yankees' surprising surge to the ALCS.

The Daily News said that the Yankees were looking for "a strong communicator who could be open-minded to new ideas - including analytics and performance-science".

He added, "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".

Fortunately, Beltran's baseball mind could still be with the Yankees in some capacity next year.

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

Boone gained the credibility to work at ESPN by virtue of having a 13-year Major League career that included stints with the Reds, Yankees, Indians, Marlins, Nationals and Astros.

"I understand what it is to be a Yankee", he said. The six that interviewed for the job were Rob Thomson, Chris Woodward, Aaron Boone, Carlos Beltran, Hensley Meulens and Eric Wedge.

Thomson, who had spent 28 seasons in the Yankees' organization, most recently as the bench coach, is finalizing a deal to fill that role for the Philadelphia Phillies.

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"I know what I would be signing up for", Boone said.