New York Yankees Will Make Aaron Boone Their New Manager

Beth Cruz
December 3, 2017

"There were a lot of people who feel they were up to the challenge".

As manager of the Yankees, Boone will be under a microscope and very little will remain unknown about him starting today. Those are challenges that the affable Boone should be able to handle as he begins to familiarize himself with the team's young roster.

But that isn't stopping the former Major League Baseball slugger-turned-analyst's girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, from trying to shoot her shot to get A-Rod hired as the Yankees' next manager.

Boone hit the only home run during the final game at Cinergy Field in Cincinnati in September of 2002 off Dan Plesac a reliever for the Phillies.

Boone, who played a full year in Billings in 1994, is just the second Mustang to become a major league manager. He spent seven seasons with the Reds and also appeared with the Indians, Marlins, Nationals and Astros.

Boone was chosen out of six interviews Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman held.

Speaking earlier Friday, Cashman said he had consulted with Rodriguez about the candidates but said the former Yankee was not one of them.

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. 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'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". "My dad was in the big leagues from the time I was born to a senior in high school".

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.

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.

The New York Daily News was first to report Boone's hiring.

"It's just understanding what it is to be a Yankee, what it is to play here and just understanding the expectations that go with it", Boone said. "I think that's something that many of us relish in - the opportunity to have something on the line and a lot at stake is, I think, something that makes you want to go after it". "That's part of the game and Major League sports".

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