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

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

NEW YORK (AP) - The Yankees have picked ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone to succeed Joe Girardi as manager, a person familiar with New York's decision told The Associated Press.

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.

ESPN's Buster Olney confirmed the hire.

It's easy to imagine an experienced ex-MLB manager, such as Eric Wedge, serving as Boone's bench coach (Boone played for Wedge in Cleveland) and pitching coach Larry Rothschild is returning to guide the staff.

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Meulens was the other finalist for the job.

"I would say in a way I've been preparing for this job for the last 44 years", Boone said last month.

Personally, if the Yankees were going to pick a manager with no experience, I would have preferred Carlos Beltran.

"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".

"I find myself managing games all the time and thinking about strategies and how I would handle different situations", Boone said. It sent the Yankees to the World Series and helped extend the Sox's World Series curse, even though they'd go on to win it in 2004 for the first time since 1918.

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.

Also, when it appeared to come down to Hensley Meulens and Aaron Boone, I expected Meulens to be the Yankees' choice. Bob Boone spent seven of his 19 seasons with the Angels from 1982-88.

The New York Yankees have found their man.

Speaking earlier Friday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he had consulted with Rodriguez about the candidates, but said the former Yankee was not one of them. His grandfather Ray was a major league third baseman and his brother Bret was a four-time All-Star. "He never expressed interest in any way, shape or form in it". "I looked for a lot of guidance from a lot of people that I have respect for, and Alex knows baseball as well as anybody". Beltran has only been retired a few weeks but I think not being out of the game too long would have benefitted him and the Yankees.

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