The Yankees have a new manager. One month after cutting ties with Joe Girardi, New York has hired former player and current ESPN analyst Aaron Boone to be the franchise’s 28th skipper. Boone beat out five other final candidates, including Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens and the recently retired Carlos Beltran, to earn the top job.
The pressure is going to be high for the new skipper, replacing someone like Girardi and inheriting a win-now roster full of young stars like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Luis Severino. He has no previous managerial or coaching experience, but clearly impressed team brass during his interview.
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Boone spent one half of a season with the Yankees during his playing career in 2003, the year he was an All-Star and ALCS hero before the team fell to the Marlins in the World Series. In his 12-year career, he spent time with the Reds, the Yankees, the Indians, the Marlins, the Nationals, and the Astros, posting a career 10.00 fWAR, a .327 wOBA and a 93 wRC+. His career ended in 2009 after he underwent an open heart surgery for an existing condition, and he signed on with ESPN, where he’s been since, that offseason.
When the search for a new manager began, general manager Brian Cashman laid out a list of qualities he was looking for, and while no one candidate had a perfect resume, several possessed multiple pieces. What worked for Boone was his openness to utilizing analytics and an emphasis on communication, the latter of which Cashman defined as a problem during Girardi’s tenure.
Boone will replace Joe Girardi, who went 910-710 in 10 years as Yankees manager and led the team to its most recent championship, in 2009. Girardi had been a major league coach and manager when he replaced Joe Torre a decade ago. Boone has not been in uniform since retiring as a player eight years ago, but his hiring continues a trend around the majors.
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