For the second time in 44 years, Aaron Boone put on the pinstripes and had plenty of interesting things to say about his new job.
Good Morning Yankees Family! While many of you are waking up to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, the 44-year old Aaron Boone is waking up—officially—as the manager of the New York Yankees after being welcomed back to Yankee Stadium for his of introductory media gathering on Wednesday.
Leaving his Monday Night Baseball duties for ESPN, Boone becomes the 33rd manager in the club’s storied history. According to the New York Post‘s Joel Sherman, Boone’s deal was constructed very carefully with his departure from his comfortable position with ESPN in mind.
Hear Boone’s contract to manage #Yankees is 3 yrs with option at $4M. 1st-time managers like Callaway #Mets 1st yr is between $700G-$900G. NYY gave Boone bit more to recognize NY market/good ESPN pact he was leaving.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 6, 2017
Despite his lack of managerial experience, Boone’s ESPN broadcasting-mate Dan Schulman was quoted on MLB Network’s morning show “Hot Stove” as saying that Boone eats and sleeps baseball, but he is also legitimately one of the best people he’s known in his entire life. Such sentiments were evident by Boone’s beginning the conference with a near-tearful thanking of the Steinbrenner family and Brian Cashman for this “chance of a lifetime”, adding that he intends to give them “everything I got”. According to Yanks’ beat writer Bryan Hoch, Boone went on to reinforce the reason(s) Cashman and company thought him right for the job.
Aaron Boone: “One thing I promise you, we are going to have great relationships with our players. We’re going to always do what is best for the New York Yankees.” pic.twitter.com/JP5rm5wNgW
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) December 6, 2017
The Yankees made it abundantly clear that the next manager would be someone who could communicate well with the players, which appears to be a top priority for Boone as he mentioned individual players with whom he has already spoken.
Aaron Boone said that he believes his relationship with Gary Sanchez is a priority. They’ve already exchanged text messages.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) December 6, 2017
One of Boone’s first orders of business to tend to is that of the position of bench coach, with Rob Thompson’s recent departure to the Philadelphia Phillies, where he’ll serve as Gabe Kapler‘s bench coach. Offering no real names to speak of; Boone did speak to the kind of guy he is looking to assume the position of Boone’s right-hand man, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.
“Experience is important, but it’s not the be-all, end-all. … I want smart sitting next to me. I want confident sitting next to me.” – Boone, on the importance of having a bench coach with prior managerial experience.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 6, 2017
A third-generational Major Leaguer, Aaron Boone was born to think baseball. Despite the fact we have yet to see the on-field results of the hiring, both Boone’s baseball reputation and first words as Yankees skipper provide great hope and affirmation that the Bronx Brass absolutely made the right call.
Steinbrenner: Give Adams a Chance
While the Yankees are certain to be in the market to add starting pitching this offseason, Hal Steinbrenner believes that the Yanks have reputable reinforcements that could have an immediate impact on the club down on the farm.
Hal Steinbrenner singled out Chance Adams as one of the young players the Yankees are excited about potentially seeing in the major leagues in 2018.
— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) December 6, 2017
Adams was one of Cashman’s “untouchables” during last season’s trade deadline, along with Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield. You need only look at his 2017 numbers to understand why. Adams went 15-5 in 150.1 innings pitched in 2017, with a 2.45 ERA while striking out 135 and issuing just 58 walks. With a guy with an arsenal like that at his disposal, the Yankees might not need to look any farther than Scranton to solve the dilemma at the end of their rotation.
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