The New York Yankees have decided on Joe Girardi‘s replacement. We just don’t know who it’s going to be just yet.
And then there were two.
Sources have told The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal that the New York Yankees have made their decision on who will replace Joe Girardi as manager—either Aaron Boone or Hensley Meulens.
The Yankees have made their decision on a manager, two sources tell The Athletic. It’s not down to Boone or Meulens; they’ve chosen one of them. We just don’t know who yet.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 2, 2017
A 12-year MLB veteran, Boone, 44, has spent the past few years working as an analyst for ESPN. He has no previous coaching experience, though he did deliver one of the biggest hits in Yankees postseason history.
Meulens, 50, was at one time a highly touted Yankees prospect, though things never worked out for him in the Bronx. He won three World Series rings with the San Francisco Giants (2010, 2012 and 2014) as the team’s hitting coach, a role he held from 2010 through this past season.
Longtime Yankees coach Rob Thomson, who was a finalist for the job, is expected to join the Philadelphia Phillies as their bench coach, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Rob Thomson has indeed been told he is out of running to #Yankees manager. Finalizing deal to be #Phillies bench coach.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 1, 2017
The recently retired Carlos Beltran, who many speculated would become the team’s next manager, was told Friday that he wasn’t getting the gig, per Yahoo’s Tim Brown.
Source: Carlos Beltran has been told he will not be Yankees manager.
— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) December 1, 2017
There has been speculation, however, that Beltran may be in line for another position with the organization.
Eric Wedge, who has 10 years of managerial experience (seven in Cleveland, three in Seattle) and a career record of 774-846, simply didn’t impress Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and the rest of the team’s front office as much as the other candidates, reports ESPN’s Andrew Marchand.
The Yankees' managerial job is down to Aaron Boone and Hensley Meulens. Carlos Beltran has been informed he is not getting the job, a source said. Rob Thomson is about to accept the Phillies bench coach job, according to a separate source. Eric Wedge… https://t.co/Jv38lCWeb8
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) December 1, 2017
The same goes for 12-year MLB vet Chris Woodward, who has been coaching in the big leagues since 2014, most recently as the Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach.
If it were up to this writer, “Bam Bam” Meulens would get the nod. We’ll have to wait and see if the Yankees agree.