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. But he made his stay memorable, blasting a Tim Wakefield knuckleball into the left-field seats in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, defeating the Boston Red Sox and sending the Yankees to the World Series.
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.
The New York Daily News was first to report Boone's hiring. Boone retired after a 12-year playing career in which he finished with a.263 career batting average with 126 home runs. One of those men-Eric Wedge-had major league managerial experience. His grandfather Ray Boone was an infielder for six teams from 1948 through 1960. and his father, Bob, was one of the most durable catchers in major league history, lasting from 1972 through 1990.
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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. Cashman later said he was concerned over "ability to fully engage, communicate, connect with the playing personnel".
As manager of the Yankees, Boone will be under a microscope and very little will remain unknown about him starting today.
In his conference call with the news media following his interview, Boone outlined his conversation with the Yankees, which he said centered around his stance and background in analytics and his communication style with players.
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Personally, if the Yankees were going to pick a manager with no experience, I would have preferred Carlos Beltran.
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".
It could be a short honeymoon with the rest of Yankees Universe if things get off to a bumpy start in the standings, but "I know what I would be signing up for, " Boone said in mid-November. "And then growing up where my dad was in the big leagues from the time I was born to the time I was in a senior in high school and being around great teams, great players, I've kind of lived this game as a kid", he said.
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Both Boone and Meulens have Yankee backgrounds.