Aaron Boone to be named next manager of Yankees

San Francisco Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens or ESPN Sunday Night Baseball commentator Aaron Boone will be the next Yankees manager

The other candidates are Mariners manager Eric Wedge and Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward.

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.

Boone has been a broadcaster since retiring, while Meulens has been a hitting coach and was named the Giants bench coach last month. He has never managed or coached at any level.

Also, when it appeared to come down to Hensley Meulens and Aaron Boone, I expected Meulens to be the Yankees' choice.

He was a big league third baseman from 1997 to 2009 and was an All-Star in 2003, when NY acquired him from the Cincinnati Reds at the trade deadline.

The Yankees signed Boone to return as their third baseman in 2004, but when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament playing basketball that January, the team traded for Alex Rodriguez and cut Boone, costing him most of his $5.75 million salary.

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. Sources said Carlos Beltran was informed he would not be the manager, but the just-retired outfielder could be considered for another role in the organization.




"Obviously, experience is very valuable and should be a check mark for somebody", Boone said.

"I would say in a way I've been preparing for this job for the last 44 years", he said then.

"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". Hopefully, Aaron will have more managerial success than his father, as Bob never led a team to an above-.500 record in six seasons.

"I feel like I am the guy that can hopefully help these guys go to another level as players", Boone said after his November 17 interview.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. There's pressure that goes along with that. "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".

The Yankees let former manager Joe Girardi, 53, go after their season ended in October when team GM Brian Cashman recommended to owner Hal Steinbrenner that the pinstriped ones find a new leader.

Those candidates do not include Alex Rodriguez, who Cashman said he consulted with on the matter, although he did not express an interest in the job. "I engaged him. I don't want to speak for him, but I don't think he has any interest in that position".

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