Boone said on November 17 that he believes his brief time with the Yankees will help him prepare for the challenges of managing in the NY spotlight. That's a good thing, because Aaron Boone doesn't have any.
"He certainly connected with me about what his thoughts are and the type of people he thinks we should play on". He grew up in a baseball family.
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. His father Bob was a major league player until Aaron was a senior in high school and managed the Reds from 1995-97 and the Royals from 2001-03.
Boone's time with the Yankees as a player wasn't very long; he broke his leg playing a pickup game of basketball; an injury that led to the trade of Alex Rodriguez in February of 2004.
Fortunately, Beltran's baseball mind could still be with the Yankees in some capacity next year.
Aaron Boone Reportedly Named Yankees Manager over Hensley Meulens
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman prepares to do a practice run and rappel down the Landmark Building in downtown Stamford, Connecticut for Sunday's Heights and Lights holiday festival. The average age of his last three teams has been a little over 27. And for the Yankees sake, he's the next manager to bring a championship back to NY. Boone, who is nearly nine years younger than Girardi, will perhaps forge stronger bonds with a young core that includes right fielder Aaron Judge, catcher Gary Sanchez, first baseman Greg Bird and pitchers Luis Severino and Dellin Betances. Boone told reporters after his interview that he's been preparing for this job "for 44 years".
"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".
"He definitely recognizes how much it's changed over the last couple years, five years, 10 years, to where - especially with analytics these days, it's a different job", Aaron Boone said.
Cashman said on Friday morning that the team was ready to move on from the interview process, having brought Yanks bench coach Rob Thomson, former Indians and Mariners manager Eric Wedge, Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens, Boone, Dodgers third-base coach Chris Woodward and recently retired slugger Carlos Beltran to Yankee Stadium for lengthy interviews.
Larry Rothschild is signed to return as the Yankees' pitching coach for next season, but the team must now begin filling the rest of Boone's staff.