Yankees tab Aaron Boone as next manager

Yankees tab Aaron Boone as next manager

Boone, who famously hit an ALCS Game 7 home run against the Red Sox that propelled the Yankees into the 2003 World Series, doesn't have any coaching or managerial experience at any level and has spent the past seven years as a broadcaster with ESPN.

Boone, the former Yankees third baseman and current ESPN analyst who has never coached or managed anywhere, was chosen by Cashman over five other candidates to replace Joe Girardi.

During the interview process, Cashman consulted with Alex Rodriguez, but the former Yankee was not a candidate.

Having played a half-season in pinstripes, Boone believes he understands "what it is to be a Yankee, " and the "expectations that go with it, and certainly the expectations now that will be ramped up even more after such a successful season".

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Personally, if the Yankees were going to pick a manager with no experience, I would have preferred Carlos Beltran. Steinbrenner had previously said he was reluctant to have a manager with no experience in the job.

After coming within one game of the World Series, the Yankees wanted to move in a different direction.

It could be a short honeymoon with the rest of Yankees Universe if things get off to a bumpy start in the standings, but "I know what I would be signing up for, " Boone said in mid-November.

Boone remains a fan favorite in NY - and, like Bucky Dent, will always carry an alternative middle name in Boston - because of that one big swing in the 2003 ALCS. "And it's I think now more than ever more of a partnership from front office to manager".

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The New York Yankees have apparently decided that the right fit is more important when it comes to their managerial vacancy.

Bob Boone was speaking from a Little League field in San Diego, where his twin grandsons - the children of Aaron's brother, Bret - were playing in a travel baseball game, perhaps on their way to extending the family's already unprecedented three-generation lineage in the sport.

And now, Bob and Aaron Boone will become just the fourth father/son duo to both manage in Major League Baseball, joining Connie and Earle Mack, George and Dick Sisler, and Bob and Joel Skinner.

But no one - Cashman included - has any idea how the 2003 postseason hero will handle the pressures of this job.

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According to George King of the NY Daily News - Meulens and Boone are the favorites and Beltran has an outside shot. "I engaged him, but - I don't want to speak for him - but I don't think he has any interest in that position".

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