After a month of searching, interviews, and speculation, the 35th manager of the Yankees will be none other than Aaron Bleepin' Boone. Now, at 44, he can build on that legacy as a rookie manager for the team. He grew up in a baseball family. I think the front office has always given the Yankees the greatest chance to succeed.
Bob Boone's father, Ray, was a two-time All-Star third baseman for Detroit in the mid-1950s during a 13-year playing career. Boone on Friday was hired to manage the New York Yankees despite no prior managerial or coaching experience.
The Yankees made it to the seventh game of the American League Championship Series a little ahead of schedule, so Boone will be working with a young and hungry team which got its first taste of playoff baseball.
General manager Brian Cashman cited "communication and connectivity" as important prerequisites when the Yankees parted ways with Joe Girardi after a decade with him at the helm. 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. He said Cashman contacted him about succeeding Girardi, whose contract was not renewed despite the Yankees' surprising surge to the ALCS.
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 find myself managing games all the time and thinking about strategies and how I would handle different situations", Boone said. "As he said after his interview, he feels like he's been preparing for this job since he was three or four years old". Boone, who is nearly nine years younger than Girardi, will perhaps forge stronger bonds with a young core that includes right fielder Aaron Judge, catcher Gary Sanchez, first baseman Greg Bird and pitchers Luis Severino and Dellin Betances.
Like Torre did in 1996, albeit without his previous managerial experience, Aaron Boone also inherits a Yankee team with high expectations, one that got to within one win of reaching the World Series this season.
"I understand what it is to be a Yankee", he said. Boone was one of six candidates to interview for the job, beating out a group that included Eric Wedge and Carlos Beltran.
After missing out on the Yankees' job, Thomson told the Phillies he is accepting an offer to become their bench coach, a person familiar that decision said.
Boone, who turns 45 in March, would spend parts of 12 seasons in the majors.