Aaron Boone to be named next manager of Yankees

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It's definitely an out-of-the-box hire by the normally by-the-book Yankees, but Boone was so impressive in his interview on November 17 that general manager Brian Cashman recommended him to Hal Steinbrenner over other managerial candidates Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge, Chris Woodward, Carlos Betran and Hensley Meulens.

The Yankees have reportedly hired postseason hero and current ESPN analyst Aaron Boone as their new manager, reports ESPN's Buster Olney.

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

"I would say in a way I've been preparing for this job for the last 44 years", he said then. It sent the Yankees to the World Series and helped extend the Sox's World Series curse, even though they'd go on to win it in 2004 for the first time since 1918. In 2003, he played in 55 regular-season games with the Bronx Bombers and was part of the squad that lost to the Marlins in that year's World Series.

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. "I'm 44 years old now, I've been going to the ballpark since I was 3 and 4 years old and in a way, managing the game from a very young age".

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Boone remains a fan favorite in NY - and, like Bucky Dent, will always carry an alternative middle name in Boston - because of that one big swing in the 2003 ALCS.

On the sidelines of the Pac-12 championship game on Friday night stood USC product Aaron Boone, whose life-changing day added a cherry on top when his Trojans upended his father's alma mater, Stanford, for the school's first conference title in football in nine years. Boone, of course, is yet to manage at any level.

Bob Boone figured the Cardinal didn't have much of a shot anyway, not after it was revealed earlier in the evening that Aaron had been tabbed to become the next manager of the Yankees.

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As the new Yankees manager, Boone is committed to the 2017 version of a manager who embraces analytics and sees his office as "an extension of the front office". "I looked for a lot of guidance from a lot of people that I have respect for, and Alex knows baseball as well as anybody". "He never expressed interest in any way, shape or form in it. I engaged him. I don't want to speak for him, but I don't think he has any interest in that position".