Posted on December 2, 2017, by Bryan Zarpentine
It took a while, but the New York Yankees have finally decided on their new manager. Multiple sources are reporting that the Yankees have chosen Aaron Boone to replace Joe Girardi, who was let go in October despite leading the Yankees to the ALCS this season. As of Friday night, the team has yet to confirm that Boone will be named manager. But a formal announcement is expected within the next few days.
Since Girardi was fired, the Yankees interviewed six candidates for the managerial vacancy. However, the team declined to do a second round of interviews. It’s believed that the decision came down to Boone and current Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens. Carlos Beltran was also given serious consideration after interviewing earlier this week. But in the end, the Yankees chose Boone.
Of course, Boone has no previous managerial experience. However, that didn’t seem to be a priority for the Yankees. Only one of the six candidates interviewed previously worked as a major league manager. After retiring from the big leagues in 2009, Boone began working as a color analyst on TV. Since 2010, he’s worked for ESPN.
Boone spent 12 seasons in the majors as a player. Midway through the 2003 season, he was traded to the Yankees. Later that season, Boone hit a walk-off home run to win Game 7 of the ALCS and send the Yankees to the World Series. He was in line to be New York’s third baseman the following season until hurting his knee while playing pickup basketball in the offseason. It was the injury to Boone that encouraged the Yankees to acquire Alex Rodriguez in a trade.
Ironically, Yankees GM Brian Cashman sought advice from Rodriguez before choosing the team’s next manager. Rodriguez was not considered a candidate and Cashman says he didn’t believe Rodriguez had interest in the job.
Picking Boone as the new manager is no doubt a risky move by Cashman and the Yankees. He obviusly impressed them during his interview. However, he’s never been a manager or coach at the major league level. Also, he only played in New York for a few months. He now has to go from being part of the media to dealing with an unforgiving media in a major market.
On top of lacking managerial experience, Boone will also have to deal with expectations that are sky high after the Yankees came within a game of the World Series in 2017. New York has a great collection of young talent, headlined by Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. It’s now Boone’s job to turn that talent into a team that can win a World Series.