The Yankees surprised the Western Hemisphere when they fired Joe Girardi at season’s end and continued surprising when Aaron Boone was named on Friday as the new manager. Boone, who has no managerial or coaching experience but plenty of broadcasting experience, has been in the booth with ESPN since 2010. He played 12 seasons in the majors and retired eight years ago and is famously known for his walk-off home run against the Red Sox that brought the Yankees to the World Series in 2003.
What can we expect from Aaron Boone as a manager? His father, Bob, managed Kansas City from 1995–97 and Cincinnati from 2001–03. Certainly with his pedigree, Boone has been in the company of baseball men since birth, and after his interview with the Yankees, he commented that he’d been preparing for this opportunity his whole life. Boone, 44, emphasized his grasp of analytics, his 12 years in the majors, his family’s baseball history, his communication skills, and his work as an ESPN analyst.
Boone was quoted as saying, “I feel like I am the guy who can help these guys go into another level as players.” Yankees fans know this is a tall task, considering that the guys who he will be guiding, such as Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Jordan Montgomery, and many other talented young players coming in spring training, are already on another level from other players in the league. Yankee fans hope he can take these players to a World Series.
Yankees fans eagerly await the rest of the coaching staff, perhaps to see if Boone is paired with a bench coach with some managerial or coaching experience. For now, Boone is front and center and we look forward to seeing what he will bring to the position in the coming months and into spring training for 2018.