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Aaron Boone to be named next manager of Yankees

Aaron Boone to be named next manager of Yankees

Just a day after it was announced that Herm Edwards was next up to be the head coach of Arizona State's football team, we have learned that Aaron Boone will be leaving The Worldwide Leader to go manage the most storied franchise in all of sports (probably), the New York Yankees.

Boone was chosen out of six interviews Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman held.

He propelled the team to victory in the 2003 American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox with a game seven series winning home run.

He had been a broadcaster for ESPN since 2010.

"Look, obviously, experience is very valuable and should be a check mark for somebody", Boone told reporters in a conference call after his interview with the Yankees. He spent most of his 12-year Major League Baseball career with the Cincinnati Reds. 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.

Owner Hal Steinbrenner said last month a lack of managing and coaching experience was a concern but not an insurmountable hurdle.

Boone's grandfather, Ray, father, Bob, and brother, Bret, all played in the Majors, and his father managed the Reds (1995-97) and Royals (2001-03).

Speaking earlier Friday, Cashman said he had consulted with Rodriguez about the candidates but said the former Yankee was not one of them.

While the Yankees are most certainly taking a risk in hiring a manager with no experience, Boone believes he can handle the job. Cashman later said he was concerned over "ability to fully engage, communicate, connect with the playing personnel". Thomson, who had been in the Yankees' organization for 28 seasons, plans to accept a bench coach position with the Phillies, while Beltran has said that he is looking forward to spending time at home with his family. The average age of his last three teams has been a little over 27. Will Aaron Boone be able to take NY to the next step and bring home a 28th Commissioner's Trophy?

"I feel like I am the guy that can hopefully help these guys go to another level as players", Boone said after his November 17 interview. "Expectations are ramped up even more".

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.

Apparently, Boone was the guy who checked most of the boxes. "And then growing up where my dad was in the big leagues from the time I was born to the time I was in a senior in high school and being around great teams, great players, I've kind of lived this game as a kid", he said.