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New York Yankees introduce former player Aaron Boone as new manager

07 December 2017

As personable as Boone seems to be and as knowledgeable about baseball as he came off in his years broadcasting for ESPN, he still has zero managerial experience.

Boone spent the last eight years as a broadcaster for ESPN.

"I'll never forget the Marlins celebrating on the field", he said.

"Winning world championships", Steinbrenner said. "I feel like one of my strengths is the person I am, regardless of what's going on around me".

Aaron Boone is making strong manager-player relationships in the clubhouse a priority. "And I'm really comfortable that me and my staff (which has yet to be named, except for pitching coach Larry Rothschild) will be a part of helping take the next step".

Boone signed a three-year contract through the 2020 season with a team option for 2021.

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Over 50 years ago, the Yankees gave Yogi Berra the manager's job in 1964, a year after his retirement as a Yankee player.

NY also interviewed Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, former Cleveland and Seattle manager Eric Wedge, San Francisco bench coach Hensley Meulens, Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward and former Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran, who retired as a player after winning his first World Series this year with Houston.

"He's going to do great here, he understands the market, he understands our fans expectations and he's going to do great at dealing with these players", said Hal Steinbrenner, the Yankees managing general partner.

Boone hit.263 in 12 big-league seasons, including a stint with the Yankees. "But anyone who knows me and the way I live my life, I'm a pretty consistent person, no matter what's going on". 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.

"You at least have to think about it if I was approached about it", the former Yankees star told WFAN's Mike Francesa on Wednesday.

"When I get that kind of recommendation from my top people, I just didn't see the need", he said. Boone very much sounded like he fit the description when he was asked to define success for his new job.

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Call me insane, but I like the hire.

Boone's 11th-inning home run off Boston's Tim Wakefield won Game 7 of the 2003 AL Championship Series for the Yankees against the Red Sox. Boone will always be synonymous with the home run, but he wants to do all he can to distance himself from the shot.

Boone spoke Wednesday afternoon, a No. 17 jersey buttoned over his white dress shirt, an hour after his formal introduction as the next Yankees manager. He is a third-generation major leaguer with his grandfather (Ray Boone), his father (Bob) and his brother (Bret).

There, he slipped on the No. 17 pinstripes - again.

Boone said he had already been in communication with many current roster members after getting hired, including Sanchez. "Hopefully it starts obviously with a relationship, but that's a respect you earn".

"That's a respect you earn, and hopefully I think in short order I'll be able to earn that respect, that they'll be able to look at me, trust in me, know that I have their interest at heart, but know that hopefully I know what the heck I'm talking about", he said.

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New York Yankees introduce former player Aaron Boone as new manager