ESPN Aaron Boone will be named the next manager of the New York Yankees, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney. Boone, an ESPN baseball analyst since 2010, has never managed or coached at any level. The Yankees’ decision to replace Joe Girardi ultimately came down to Boone and San Francisco Giants bench coach Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens. The team interviewed six candidates total: recently retired outfielder Carlos Beltran; longtime Yankees coach Rob Thomson (who sources say will now join the Phillies as their bench coach); former big league manager Eric Wedge; and Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward. Boone, 44, is best known for his Game 7-winning home run in the 2003 AL Championship Series that extended the Red Sox’s curse and sent the Yankees to the World Series.
Its hard to believe that the New York Yankees would hire someone with zero coaching experience to be the next manager of their promising young roster, but that’s exactly what they did when they hired ESPN analyst Aaron Boone, who they hope will keep the atmosphere light as opposed to the no nonsense approach of former manager Joe Girardi. Boone is a former player, who played for the Yankees in 2003, when he made the All Star team, and famously hit the AL Championship winning home run in game 7 against the hated Red Sox which earned him the nickname Aaron “Bleeping” Boone in Boston. The next offseason, Boone suffered a serious knee injury playing pickup basketball, which voided his contract and ended his Yankees career. Now after one heroic season in 2003, he is back in pinstripes, calling the shots for a team loaded young team.