Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, general partner and vice chairperson Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, team president Randy Levine, general manager Brian Cashman, chief operating officer Lonn Trost and assistant general manager Jean Afterman are all expected to be on hand as Boone meets the media for the first time as a big league manager. The news conference can also be seen on Facebook Live.
“Words cannot express how humbled I am to wear the pinstripes again as the manager of the Yankees,” Boone said. “I want to thank the Steinbrenner family and Brian Cashman for entrusting me with this tremendous honor and responsibility. I believe we are entering into a special time in New York Yankees history, and I am so excited to be a part of it. I can’t wait to get to work — and that work starts now.”
The author of one of the most memorable moments in Yankees postseason history, a deciding home run off Tim Wakefield that defeated the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series, Boone is the 18th Yankees manager to have played for the club and the first without any previous coaching or managerial experience since Hall of Famer Bill Dickey in 1946.
“I firmly believe that Aaron possesses the attributes needed to follow in the tradition of great Yankees managers,” Hal Steinbrenner said. “From all accounts, he is a polished communicator who possesses the ability to cultivate and grow relationships. Aaron has also spent a lifetime immersed in baseball, affording him a unique and intimate understanding of what fosters team success.
“Aaron’s name is already etched into Yankees history, and my family and I are excited to welcome him back to this franchise. This opportunity will allow him to continue to make a positive impact on this organization in distinctly new and meaningful ways.”
A corner infielder from La Mesa, Calif., who batted .263 during his 12-year Major League career, Boone played part of the 2003 season with the Yankees. He spent seven seasons with the Reds and also appeared with the Indians, Marlins, Nationals and Astros, and remained close to the game as a television analyst following his playing career.
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Boone’s grandfather, Ray (1948-60), father, Bob (1972-90), and brother, Bret (1992-2005), all played in the Majors, and his father managed the Reds (1995-97) and Royals (2001-03). The Boones are the first family in history to produce three generations of Major League players. Bob and Aaron Boone are just the third duo of father-son managers in history, joining George and Dick Sisler and Bob and Joel Skinner.
The Yankees invited a group of six diverse candidates to Yankee Stadium for lengthy interviews following their parting with Joe Girardi. Cashman lauded all of the interviewees, a group that included Carlos Beltran, Hensley Meulens, Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Chris Woodward, saying that each brought ‘ta-da!’ moments of insight during their sessions.
Despite having no prior managing or coaching experience, Boone was able to convince the Yankees that he was ready to make the jump from the television booth to the dugout in part because of his personable demeanor and open-mindedness, including his deep familiarity with analytics.
“We also believe Aaron’s interpersonal skills and baseball pedigree will allow him to blend well with the systems we have in place, our baseball operations staff and the 25-man roster,” Cashman said. “On a personal level, I look forward to collaborating with him over the coming years and offering him the support and resources needed to get the most out of our players.”