Rod passed on being a Yankees' managerial candidate

04 December, 2017, 00:21 | Author: Pamela Mathis
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Aaron Boone will be named the Yankees' next manager, the New York Daily News reports.

The New York Yankees became the final Major League Baseball team to fill a managerial vacancy by hiring Aaron Boone, according to multiple reports.

Boone did play for the Yankees in a short but memorable stint during his 13-year Major League Baseball career.

Boone, 44, is best known for his American League Championship Series Game 7-winning home run to extend the Red Sox curse in 2003 and send the Yankees to the World Series.

Boone said on November 17 that he believes his brief time with the Yankees will help him prepare for the challenges of managing in the NY spotlight.

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.




The Yankees signed Boone to return as their third baseman in 2004, but when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament playing basketball that January, the team traded for Alex Rodriguez and cut Boone, costing him most of his $5.75 million salary. One of those men-Eric Wedge-had major league managerial experience.

It's one thing for a first time manager to get a rebuilding team to get their feet wet.

Prior to repelling down the side of a building in Stamford, Connecticut on Friday in preparation for a holiday celebration this weekend, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters that he is finished interviewing candidates for the team's managerial opening. It's a heck of a job to land as your first time managing in any role. He's been around the game his whole life, so even if it is his first managing, he's not some unknown just waltzing into NY. And he's been able to thrive in the spotlight before; just like Girardi did.

"It's just understanding what it is to be a Yankee, what it is to play here and just understanding the expectations that go with it", Boone said.

Whatever their relationship with Girardi, those players helped the Yankees win the top AL wild card spot and make a deep playoff run, a rapid rise for a team that seemed to be in transition.

Since 1996, the Yankees have only had two managers. Boone, who is nearly nine years younger than Girardi, will perhaps forge stronger bonds with a young core that includes right fielder Aaron Judge, catcher Gary Sanchez, first baseman Greg Bird and pitchers Luis Severino and Dellin Betances. He's walking into an incredible job that has him set up for success.

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