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Yanks choose Boone as next manager

03 December, 2017, 01:26 | Author: Lamar Ellis
  • New York Yankees former 3rd baseman Alex Rodriguez

Boone's walk-off home run in Game 7 of the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox sent NY to the World Series and extended Boston's "Curse of the Bambino". Meulens has been coaching since 2003 and was recently named the San Francisco Giants bench coach after eight years as their hitting coach. "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".

During the interview process, Cashman consulted with Alex Rodriguez, but the former Yankee was not a candidate. You probably have to eliminate Beltran if only because it is highly unlikely Cashman would turn the managerial reins over to someone fresh out of the player ranks - which brings it down to either Boone or Meulens, either of whom would be a popular choice if for no other reason than their engaging personalities. His father Bob was a major league player until Aaron was a senior in high school and managed the Reds from 1995-97 and the Royals from 2001-03.

The New York Daily News, one of several outlets reporting the move, said Yankees officials were attracted to Boone's "polish". He spent most of his 12-year Major League Baseball career with the Cincinnati Reds. Cashman later said he was concerned over "ability to fully engage, communicate, connect with the playing personnel". He injured his left knee while playing basketball during the following offseason, setting off a sequence of events that led to the Yankees' February 2004 trade for Alex Rodriguez.

The Yankees' search for a manager has taken more than a month.

Cashman said he had grown concerned about Girardi's ability to connect with a young roster, and in Boone, he chose a candidate who has always been known as a skilled communicator.

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".

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This Yankees team is on the rise and ready to compete for championships.

The Yankees, who for weeks had baseball's only managerial vacancy, also interviewed Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge, Chris Woodward, Carlos Beltran and Hensley Meulens, who was considered the runner-up to Boone. That's a good thing, because Aaron Boone doesn't have any.

Boone gained the credibility to work at ESPN by virtue of having a 13-year Major League career that included stints with the Reds, Yankees, Indians, Marlins, Nationals and Astros.

Apparently, Boone was the guy who checked most of the boxes.

"I know what I would be signing up for", Boone said.

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