Aaron Boone to be named next manager of Yankees

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi was let go on October 26 after a decade at the helm following the team's narrow failure to advance to the World Series

The New York Yankees have found their man.

The New York Yankees have selected former star player Aaron Boone to replace Joe Girardi as manager, U.S. media reported on Friday. It's not the kind of hire you're used to seeing from the Yankees.

Boone, who starred at Villa Park High before a 12-year career in the major leagues, has been an ESPN baseball analyst since 2010.

Most MLB managers toil for years as bench coach, pitching coach, managing in the minors or other positions where they have to display leadership of players.

Boone isn't going directly from playing to managing and he's had some time away from the everyday grind of the long baseball season, but he's been around the game since childhood. "That's part of the game and Major League sports". After making the trip down the building in one piece, he spoke with gathered reporters and told them about his decision-making process.

In a conference call with reporters on November 17, after his interview with the Yankees, Boone said he would relish the high-pressure job of managing the storied franchise. No one knew that the recommendation would be Boone.

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. "Open-mindedness to information. Being able to package all the tools in the toolbox, all that information [and] bandwidth and then laser-focus it in a way the players can understand it on a day-in, day-out basis". Eric Wedge and Chris Woodward were also considered by the Yankees.

"I understand what it is to be a Yankee", he said. But he made his stay memorable, blasting a Tim Wakefield knuckleball into the left-field seats in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, defeating the Boston Red Sox and sending the Yankees to the World Series. "I know what I'd be signing up for". 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. Sometimes they even make the front page.

With reigning AL home run king Aaron Judge, power-hitting catcher Gary Sanchez, ace Luis Severino, a top-notch bullpen and ascendant young infielder Gleyber Torres all at his disposal, Boone should have the resources necessary to morph the Yankees into a perennial powerhouse once he gets acclimated to life on the bench.

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