There are not that many things that most fans of major league baseball know about Aaron Boone, who on Friday was hired to be the New York Yankees manager. His walk-off, 11th inning home run to win Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS was one of the more memorable playoff moments of this century, especially since it prolonged the then-current agony of the Boston Red Sox in the process.
Boone, 44, has never managed or coached at the pro level, but he's stayed in the game as an ESPN analyst and lately began considering making himself available for opportunities to manage.
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. He tore a knee ligament during a pickup basketball game in the offseason after his home run off Boston's Tim Wakefield and was released by NY, which replaced him by acquiring Alex Rodriguez. 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.
As such, Cashman said that he was prepared to make his recommendation to managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, which turned out to be Boone. "He certainly connected with me about what his thoughts are and the types of people he thinks we should play on".
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.
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The average age of Girardi's first seven Yankees rosters was always between 29.3 and 31.8 years, according to Baseball Reference.
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. Will Aaron Boone be able to take NY to the next step and bring home a 28th Commissioner's Trophy?
Boone told reporters after his interview that he's been preparing for this job "for 44 years".
Apparently, Boone was the guy who checked most of the boxes.
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. He didn't try to cover it up, " Bret Boone told the Seattle Times during an early spring training day in 2004, the day the Yankees released his younger brother.