Aaron Boone Reportedly Named Yankees Manager over Hensley Meulens

Esther Moore
December 3, 2017

It's easy to imagine an experienced ex-MLB manager, such as Eric Wedge, serving as Boone's bench coach (Boone played for Wedge in Cleveland) and pitching coach Larry Rothschild is returning to guide the staff.

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.

"At the end of the day, we're going to do things that are going to be best for the Yankees, " Boone said two weeks ago. He injured his left knee while playing basketball during the following offseason, setting off a sequence of events that led to the Yankees' February 2004 trade for Alex Rodriguez.

Owner Hal Steinbrenner said last month a lack of managing and coaching experience was a concern but not an insurmountable hurdle. His grandfather Ray Boone was an infielder for six teams from 1948 through 1960. and his father, Bob, was one of the most durable catchers in major league history, lasting from 1972 through 1990.

During the interview process, Cashman consulted with Alex Rodriguez, but the former Yankee was not a candidate. 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.

Personally, if the Yankees were going to pick a manager with no experience, I would have preferred Carlos Beltran. "I think that's something that many of us relish in - the opportunity to have something on the line and a lot at stake is, I think, something that makes you want to go after it".

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The average age of Girardi's first seven Yankees rosters was always between 29.3 and 31.8 years, according to Baseball Reference. Will Aaron Boone be able to take NY to the next step and bring home a 28th Commissioner's Trophy?

Boone has no previous managerial experience, but spent 12 years in the majors with six clubs, including more than six seasons with the Cincinnati Reds (1997-2003), one with the Washington Nationals (2008) and 54 games with the Yankees (2003).

"He definitely recognizes how much it's changed over the last couple years, five years, 10 years, to where - especially with analytics these days, it's a different job", Aaron Boone said.

"I understand what it is to be a Yankee", he said.

Both Boone and Meulens have Yankee backgrounds.

Also, when it appeared to come down to Hensley Meulens and Aaron Boone, I expected Meulens to be the Yankees' choice.

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