Villa Park product Aaron Boone to be named next manager of Yankees

Calvin Saunders
December 4, 2017

With reigning AL home run king Aaron Judge, power-hitting catcher Gary Sanchez, ace Luis Severino, a top-notch bullpen and ascendant young infielder Gleyber Torres all at his disposal, Boone should have the resources necessary to morph the Yankees into a perennial powerhouse once he gets acclimated to life on the bench. On Dec. 1, the Yankees decided Aaron was the man.

"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", Boone said.

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. "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". He grew up in a baseball family.

Of course, Red Sox fans remember Boone for his iconic walk-off homer to send the Yankees to the World Series in 2003. 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.

During the interview process, Cashman consulted with Alex Rodriguez, but the former Yankee was not a candidate. Accompanying her caption was a link to an article entitled, "The best and only choice for Yankees manager is obvious," lobby for Rodriguez to fill the vacant position.

This Yankees team is on the rise and ready to compete for championships.

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Aaron Boone should be a fine manager with the Yankees. Boone told reporters after his interview that he's been preparing for this job "for 44 years".

"I understand what it is to be a Yankee", he said.

"He definitely recognizes how much it's changed over the last couple years, five years, 10 years, to where - especially with analytics these days, it's a different job", Aaron Boone said.

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. Rob Thomson, who had been with the Yankees for almost three decades and most recently was Joe Girardi's bench coach, is expected to move to the Philadelphia Phillies to be Gabe Kapler's bench coach, sources said.

Larry Rothschild is signed to return as the Yankees' pitching coach for next season, but the team must now begin filling the rest of Boone's staff.

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