Aaron Boone Reportedly Named Yankees Manager over Hensley Meulens

Aaron Boone Reportedly Named Yankees Manager over Hensley Meulens

What a gamble! The New York Yankees after an extensive search have named former Major League Baseball infielder Aaron Boone to be the just the 35th manager in the team's history. He tore a knee ligament during a pickup basketball game in the offseason after his home run off Boston's Tim Wakefield and was released by NY, which replaced him by acquiring Alex Rodriguez.

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. But Aaron Boone is getting the New York Yankees managing job as his first time job.

One thing Boone does seem to have in spades is the personality to both deal with a relatively young Yankees team and thrive in the spotlight of the NY media. Well, it's hard to tell considering his lack of experience.

"Obviously, experience is very valuable and should be a check mark for somebody", Boone said. "Certainly, it's fair to question my experience in actually doing the job, but I would say in a way I've been preparing for this job for the last 44 years". "I've been going to the ballpark since I was 3 or 4 years old". Bob Boone spent seven of his 19 seasons with the Angels from 1982-88.

Boone gained the credibility to work at ESPN by virtue of having a 13-year Major League career that included stints with the Reds, Yankees, Indians, Marlins, Nationals and Astros.

Given the Yankees roster and their being set up for long-term success, Aaron Boone should continue the trend of winning baseball in the Bronx.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

As for A-Rod, "I engaged him, " Cashman said. There's pressure that goes along with that.

The New York Daily News was first to report Boone's hiring.

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.

The role has evolved to become a more direct conduit to the front office, with increasing emphasis on tying decisions about lineups and strategies decisions to analytics.

In the run-up to compiling a list of managerial candidates, "I reached out to Alex a number of times, " Cashman said. "He never expressed interest in any way, shape or form in it". 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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