Aaron Boone to be named next manager of Yankees

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Boone, who famously hit an ALCS Game 7 home run against the Red Sox that propelled the Yankees into the 2003 World Series, doesn't have any coaching or managerial experience at any level and has spent the past seven years as a broadcaster with ESPN.

Boone, 70, even favorably compared his son's ease in communicating with others to the demeanor of one of his own contemporaries, former Yankees manager Joe Torre.

Since retiring from baseball in 2010, Boone has been an analyst for ESPN, appearing on Monday Night Baseball, Baseball Tonight, and most recently Sunday Night Baseball. Sources said Carlos Beltran was informed he would not be the manager, but the just-retired outfielder could be considered for another role in the organization.

More and more, managers are hired with little to no experience in the job.

General manager Brian Cashman, who traded for Boone down the stretch in 2003, recommended him as the manager to Hal Steinbrenner, the Yankees' managing general partner. If it is, Boone will take over a team that was one win from the World Series in 2017 and is packed with young talent.

Boone's grandfather, Ray, father, Bob, and brother, Bret, all played in the Majors, and his father managed the Reds (1995-97) and Royals (2001-03). "Especially the last few years, I find myself managing games all the time and thinking about strategies and how I would handle different situations".

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Whoever gets the job will face huge expectations, which comes with the territory in leading the most storied franchise in American sports history under the bright lights of the NY media.

The Yankees interviewed six candidates for the job. "That's part of the game and Major League sports".

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.

Boone said he had interviewed for front office and coaching roles in recent years, but never for a manager's job.

Fast forward to 14 years later and Boone will be once again donning the Yankee pinstripes as the manager and will be taking over a team loaded with talent. "He certainly connected with me about what his thoughts are and the types of people he thinks we should play on".

The decision was down to Boone and Meulens after they, plus Beltran, gave the most impressive interviews, Bill Madden of the New York Daily News reports. "I engaged him. I don't want to speak for him, but I don't think he has any interest in that position".

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