The New York Yankees have decided on their new manager, and it’s a familiar face. No, it’s not Carlos Beltran, Rob Thomson or Hensley Meulens.
Aaron Boone will become the 35th manager in New York Yankees history, multiple sources confirm to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Aaron Boone will be the next manager of the #Yankees, 2 sources confirm to Post
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 2, 2017
Boone’s family is a prominent one in the world of baseball. His grandfather, Ray Boone, played professionally, his father, Bob Boone, played and managed in the majors and his brother, Bret Boone, was an All-Star and four-time Gold Glove Award winner.
Boone played in the major leagues for 12 years, from 1997 to 2009. He spent time with the Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals and Houston Astros.
In August of 2003, Boone was traded to the Yankees for minor leaguers Brandon Claussen, Charlie Manning and cash. He went on to hit one of the most iconic home runs in team history. In Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox, Boone stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 11th inning to face. knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. On the first pitch he saw, he drove a 69 MPH knuckleball deep into the left-field stands, sending the Yankees to the 39th World Series in franchise history.
After finishing up his playing career in 2009, Boone went on to become an analyst for ESPN and has served as a commentator for Sunday Night Baseball. His time managing the Yankees will be his first experience coaching at the major league level.