The controversial ex-slugger might have been an intriguing candidate to replace Joe Girardi as Yankees' manager, but "he never expressed interest in any way, shape or form in it, " general manager Brian Cashman said. Don Wakamatsu played for the Mustangs in 1985 and was the Seattle Mariners manager for two seasons from 2009-10.
Aaron Boone has already helped the Yankees to one World Series, and the organization has apparently decided he is the right man to lead them to another in the near future.
"I've been going to the ballpark since I was 3 and 4 years old, and in a way managing the game from a very young age".
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However, here are a few things the average baseball fan might not know about the Yankees new skipper.
Boone had a rather pedestrian career as a player but the highlight of his career came as a member of the Yankees.
While the Yankees are most certainly taking a risk in hiring a manager with no experience, Boone believes he can handle the job.
He propelled the team to victory in the 2003 American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox with a game seven series winning home run.
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The role has evolved to become a more direct conduit to the front office, with increasing emphasis on tying decisions about lineups and strategies decisions to analytics. He said Cashman contacted him about succeeding Girardi, whose contract was not renewed despite the Yankees' surprising surge to the ALCS.
The Yankees, who for weeks had baseball's only managerial vacancy, also interviewed Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge, Chris Woodward, Carlos Beltran and Hensley Meulens, who was considered the runner-up to Boone.
Aaron Boone should be a fine manager with the Yankees.
"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".
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"I find myself managing games all the time and thinking about strategies and how I would handle different situations", Boone said. Rob Thomson, who had been with the Yankees for almost three decades and most recently was Joe Girardi's bench coach, is expected to move to the Philadelphia Phillies to be Gabe Kapler's bench coach, sources said.