The author of one of the most memorable moments in Yankees postseason history, a deciding home run off Tim Wakefield that defeated the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series, Boone will assume the prestigious position without any previous coaching or managerial experience. Steinbrenner said he was unlikely to hire anyone without managerial experience, so Aaron must have impressed the hell of out him during his interviews!
Just a day after it was announced that Herm Edwards was next up to be the head coach of Arizona State's football team, we have learned that Aaron Boone will be leaving The Worldwide Leader to go manage the most storied franchise in all of sports (probably), the New York Yankees. He tore a knee ligament during a pickup basketball game in the offseason after his home run off Boston's Tim Wakefield and was released by NY, which replaced him by acquiring Alex Rodriguez.
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".
"I would say in a way I've been preparing for this job for the last 44 years", Boone said last month. "In a way, I've been preparing for this job my entire life". He spent seven seasons with the Reds and also appeared with the Indians, Marlins, Nationals and Astros. "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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Most MLB managers toil for years as bench coach, pitching coach, managing in the minors or other positions where they have to display leadership of players. That's a good thing, because Aaron Boone doesn't have any. 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. Boone was one of six candidates to interview for the job, beating out a group that included Eric Wedge and Carlos Beltran. "He certainly connected with me about what his thoughts are and the types of people he thinks we should play on".
"I reached out to Alex a number of times, 'Hey, what do you got?' I looked for a lot of guidance from a lot of people that I have a lot of respect for, and Alex knows baseball as well as anybody" Cashman said.
Cashman added: "He never expressed interest in any way, shape or form".