New York Yankees Decide on Aaron Boone as Manager

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The Yankees have reportedly named Aaron Boone as the team's new manager.

Boone was among six people interviewed for the job and won out over Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, former Cleveland and Seattle manager Eric Wedge, San Francisco bench coach Hensley Meulens, Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward and former Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran, who retired as a player after winning his first World Series this year with Houston.

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

Boone said during the interview process that he didn't think his lack of managerial experience would be a deterrent.

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Boone isn't going directly from playing to managing and he's had some time away from the everyday grind of the long baseball season, but he's been around the game since childhood.

A popular clubhouse presence during his playing career, Boone has been a television analyst since his retirement in 2009, giving him considerable exposure to the ocean of advanced statistics that have become vitally important in overseeing a big league game.

As manager of the Yankees, Boone will be under a microscope and very little will remain unknown about him starting today.

The news came down on Friday night that the longtime third baseman will become the next Yankees manager for the 2018 season; succeeding Joe Girardi, who parted ways with the team after 10 years in the Bronx. In Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, Boone broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the 11th inning and cracked a solo home run to left field off Tim Wakefield and helped send the Yankees to the World Series by beating the Boston Red Sox. Sources told Olney then that Cashman recommended to owner Hal Steinbrenner that the team change managers. His father Bob was a major league player until Aaron was a senior in high school and managed the Reds from 1995-97 and the Royals from 2001-03. "Certainly the expectations now will be ramped up even more after such a successful season and when you look at the roster that we're going to potentially have out there".

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Cashman added: "He never expressed interest in any way, shape or form".

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. "I engaged him. I don't want to speak for him, but I don't think he has any interest in that position".

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