Hensley Meulens and Aaron Boone are favorites to be next Yankees manager

Aaron Boone

Boone said on November 17 that he believes his brief time with the Yankees will help him prepare for the challenges of managing in the NY spotlight.

Aaron Boone said on November 17 that he believes that time with the Yankees could help him prepare for this job, which certainly comes with its share of expectations. "I'm 44 years old now, 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".

Since retiring from baseball in 2010, Boone has been an analyst for ESPN, appearing on Monday Night Baseball, Baseball Tonight, and most recently Sunday Night Baseball. Boone retired after a 12-year playing career in which he finished with a.263 career batting average with 126 home runs. "I think he'd be a ideal fit for us, someone that our new manager and coaching staff and players would enjoy having". He grew up in a baseball family.

From 1997 - 2009 he played for six different teams.

Of course, Red Sox fans remember Boone for his iconic walk-off homer to send the Yankees to the World Series in 2003.

During the interview process, Cashman consulted with Alex Rodriguez, but the former Yankee was not a candidate. He said Cashman contacted him about succeeding Girardi, whose contract was not renewed despite the Yankees' surprising surge to the ALCS.




Cashman said that while there was no flawless candidate, "We're looking for someone like we had before: someone that we can work with and collaborate with and connect with in good times and in bad".

Aaron Boone should be a fine manager with the Yankees.

Whatever their relationship with Girardi, those players helped the Yankees win the top AL wild card spot and make a deep playoff run, a rapid rise for a team that seemed to be in transition.

It's definitely an out-of-the-box hire by the normally by-the-book Yankees, but Boone was so impressive in his interview on November 17 that general manager Brian Cashman recommended him to Hal Steinbrenner over other managerial candidates Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge, Chris Woodward, Carlos Betran and Hensley Meulens.

"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". "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.

Larry Rothschild is signed to return as the Yankees' pitching coach for next season, but the team must now begin filling the rest of Boone's staff.

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