The Yankees were one victory shy of reaching the World Series this past year, and Steinbrenner said that above all else, he will evaluate Boone by his ability to notch the five postseason wins that Girardi was unable to this past season.
Now here comes Aaron Boone, 44, out of the ESPN television booth, where he's served as an analyst, to manage the Yankees, a team that just made a surprising run to the seventh game of the AL Championship Series under Joe Girardi. "So sometimes I feel like there's the potential to be clouded because you like a guy or you want a guy to do so well and you're kind of hoping".
With the young talent the Yankees have in place, "I expect that we will have a very good run" Steinbrenner said of the next wave of Yankees title chases.
Of Sanchez's miscues on defense, Boone reminded the reporters that the Dominican-born backstop is still very new to the game, having been called up in August 2016. I think you have to be all ears. Boone has never managed or coached at any level, working as a broadcaster since last season after retiring as a player in 2009.
"It is not a shorter-term decision", Yankees GM Brian Cashman said. Alex Rodriguez is now dating Jennifer Lopez, but the former third baseman was in a relationship with ex-wrestler and Playboy cover girl Torrie Wilson when he was on the Yankees. "I firmly believe that Aaron possesses the attributes needed to follow in the tradition of great Yankees managers", owner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. "He's already been thrown into the fire as a player".
Boone quickly learned his new prominence Friday, when news of his hiring became public while he was attending the Pac-12 football championship won by Southern California, the school he attended. Former All-Star Carlos Beltran, Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, former Yankees player and current Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens, Mariners manager Eric Wedge and Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward also interviewed for the job. Steinbrenner said there were discussions about who was second or third, but not who was the clear choice. "It wasn't even close". Steinbrenner said Cashman and the front office had "worked hard on scouting" Otani this past year and had done "a great job with the presentation we put together" for Otani's CAA representatives.More news: Snake hunters catch 17-foot-long python in Florida Everglades
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Boone is a complete rookie and he knows it - "As far as the in-game stuff, there's obviously going to be some stuff that I'm green at", he said today - so I figured they'd want a bench coach who has been there, done that.
"I understand the expectations", Boone said. I understand what those expectations are. That's part of it.
As for the traditional path to getting a managerial job, Teixeira thinks it's overrated.
Though he only played one year for the Yanks, he'll always be remembered fondly-as the man whose 11th-inning home run in Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series staved off the Red Sox once again, and prolonged the Curse of the Bambino for one more season. By the middle of the season, [Boone] is going to be a veteran manager.
Boone added, "I would say it won't be as good-natured, anymore".