Former Billings Mustang named manager of New York Yankees

Former Billings Mustang named manager of New York Yankees

Former Billings Mustang named manager of New York Yankees

Aaron Boone is going from former New York Yankees postseason hero to New York Yankees manager. It's not the kind of hire you're used to seeing from the Yankees.

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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).

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 is part of a three-generation baseball family. After his job interview, Boone said he grasped the demands. After making the trip down the building in one piece, he spoke with gathered reporters and told them about his decision-making process. Just like Joe Girardi, Aaron Boone is another former Yankee player to become a manager.

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Cashman said that while there was no ideal candidate, "We're looking for someone like we had before: someone that we can work with and collaborate with and connect with in good times and in bad". "Open-mindedness to information. Being able to package all the tools in the toolbox, all that information [and] bandwidth and then laser-focus it in a way the players can understand it on a day-in, day-out basis". Steinbrenner said he was unlikely to hire anyone without managerial experience, so Aaron must have impressed the hell of out him during his interviews!

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"It's just understanding what it is to be a Yankee, what it is to play here and just understanding the expectations that go with it".

Boone, 44, is best known for his Game 7-winning home run in the 2003 AL Championship Series that extended the Red Sox's curse and sent the Yankees to the World Series.

"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.

That's good news because managing in NY is not an easy task-whether you're in the Bronx or even in Queens, you're constantly under the microscope. Sometimes they even make the front page.

Fast forward to 14 years later and Boone will be once again donning the Yankee pinstripes as the manager and will be taking over a team loaded with talent.

Who's to say he can't?

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