The New York Yankees have their man as Aaron Boone will be named the next manager.
The decision to replace Joe Girardi as Yankees’ next manager came down to Boone and San Francisco Giants bench coach Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens. Both spent time playing in New York as former Yankees.
Meulens, recently managed in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) for the Netherlands, while Boone has been an analyst since 2010 for ESPN Baseball. He has never managed or coached at any level.
One of the biggest moments in a Yankees’ uniform for Boone was is his Game 7-winning home run in the 2003 AL Championship Series against rivals the Boston Red Sox’s that sent the New York to the World Series.
As a player, Boone played In the big leagues from 1997-2009. In 2003, he was an All-Star when he was acquired by New York from the Cincinnati Reds at the trade deadline.
During his lone season with the Yankees, Boone appeared in 54 games with six home runs and 31 RBI while batting .254 (48-for-189).
After an injury to his knee, he was released by New York, and replaced by Alex Rodriguez whom the Yankees acquired. During the process, Brian Cashman consulted with Rodriguez, but the former Yankee was not a candidate.
One asset Boone brings is having success as a player and he’s young enough to still be able to relate to the players in the game today. Coming off his analyst role, he was still engaged in the game. His passion for not just the game, but as a player should be well received by the trio of young stars Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and Aaron Judge.
There have been a lot of successful managers coming down from the television booth to manage a team. The Arizona Diamondbacks know this all too well with Bob Brenly, as he delivered with a World Series title in 2001.
This move comes just in time, as the Yankees’ needed to get this done prior to heading into Winter Meetings so they can have a managerial identity.