Published: Sun, December 03, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Yanks choose Boone as next manager

Yanks choose Boone as next manager

The New York Yankees have selected former star player Aaron Boone to replace Joe Girardi as manager, United States media reported on Friday. Now, at 44, he can build on that legacy as a rookie manager for the team.

While the Yankees are most certainly taking a risk in hiring a manager with no experience, Boone believes he can handle the job. After making the trip down the building in one piece, he spoke with gathered reporters and told them about his decision-making process. It's a heck of a job to land as your first time managing in any role. He had been a broadcaster for ESPN since 2010. The man filling those shoes is one who has zero managerial experience.

The pennant winners from the past two seasons - the Houston Astros, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians - are among the teams that lean heavily on this dynamic.

The New York Yankees finally have their new manager. "In a way, I've been preparing for this job my entire life". "Especially the last few years, I find myself managing games all the time and thinking about strategies and how I would handle different situations".

Boone is part of a three-generation baseball family. He spent most of his 12-year Major League Baseball career with the Cincinnati Reds.

However, he has ties to the club, having hit the walk-off home run in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox in 2003. He tore a knee ligament in a pickup basketball game during the 2003-04 offseason and was released by the Yankees, who replaced him by acquiring Alex Rodriguez. Brian Cashman is banking on a former player turned manager to become the next in line to have that same kind of success.

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. That's a good thing, because Aaron Boone doesn't have any.

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 really a blessing", Bob Boone said. "Expectations are ramped up even more".

He's been around the game his whole life, so even if it is his first managing, he's not some unknown just waltzing into NY.

Boone beat out Carlos Beltran, Eric Wedge, Chris Woodward, Rob Thomson and Hensley Meulens.

Boone, who turns 45 in March, would spend parts of 12 seasons in the majors.

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