New York Yankees Will Make Aaron Boone Their New Manager

Yankees Reportedly Tap Boone As New Manager AP

The New York Yankees have selected former star player Aaron Boone to replace Joe Girardi as manager, USA media reported on Friday.

Boone isn't going directly from playing to managing and he's had some time away from the everyday grind of the long baseball season, but he's been around the game since childhood.

Boone said he had interviewed for front office and coaching roles in recent years, but never for a manager's job.

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. 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. Sources said Carlos Beltran was informed he would not be the manager, but the just-retired outfielder could be considered for another role in the organization.

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.

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. "Being around great teams, great players, I've kind of lived this game".




The role has evolved to become a more direct conduit to the front office, with increasing emphasis on tying decisions about lineups and strategies decisions to analytics. How we gather information and get it into the hands of his players is a very important part of the job nowadays, " Boone stated two weeks ago.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday that the team has completed the interview process as they seek their next manager.

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".

Boone takes over for Joe Girardi, who was ironically let go after a Game 7 ALCS loss this season. There will be no second round of interviews, as Cashman is ready to make his recommendation to ownership.

"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.

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