Aaron Boone's bond with the Yankees goes beyond one home run


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.

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.

Five days after NY lost to Houston in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced October 26 that Girardi was not being offered a new contract after 10 years, one World Series title and a 910-710 regular-season record.

Boone was one of six people who interviewed for the job along with former Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran, former bench coach Rob Thomson-who is now the new bench coach for the Philadelphia Phillies, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki-San Francisco Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens, former Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge and Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward.

Boone, 70, even favorably compared his son's ease in communicating with others to the demeanor of one of his own contemporaries, former Yankees manager Joe Torre.

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.

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"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. 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.

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. 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. "I know what I would be signing up for".

Still, it's a risk to turn over the most famous baseball team in the world, one that came within one game of reaching the World Series in 2017, to someone so untested. "Aaron has a lot of the qualities you look for in a manager, even with lacking the experience", Bob Boone said.

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.

"I understand what it is to be a Yankee", he said. "And it's I think now more than ever more of a partnership from front office to manager".