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Yanks choose Boone as next manager

03 December 2017

Boone has been an ESPN analyst since 2010 and has never managed in the big leagues. The man filling those shoes is one who has zero managerial experience.

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.

The New York Yankees finally have their new manager. "I think that's something that many of us relish in - the opportunity to have something on the line and a lot at stake is, I think, something that makes you want to go after it". He injured his left knee while playing basketball during the following offseason, setting off a sequence of events that led to the Yankees' February 2004 trade for Alex Rodriguez. His grandfather Ray Boone was an infielder for six teams from 1948 through 1960. and his father, Bob, was one of the most durable catchers in major league history, lasting from 1972 through 1990. "I'm 44 years old now, I've been going to the ballpark since I was 3 and 4 years old and in a way, managing the game from a very young age".

It's easy to imagine an experienced ex-MLB manager, such as Eric Wedge, serving as Boone's bench coach (Boone played for Wedge in Cleveland) and pitching coach Larry Rothschild is returning to guide the staff.

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday that the team has completed the interview process as they seek their next manager.

As manager of the Yankees, Boone will be under a microscope and very little will remain unknown about him starting today.

"It's a great place to work", Cashman said.

The Daily News said that the Yankees were looking for "a strong communicator who could be open-minded to new ideas - including analytics and performance-science".

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It could be a short honeymoon with the rest of Yankees Universe if things get off to a bumpy start in the standings, but "I know what I would be signing up for, " Boone said in mid-November.

Thomson, who had spent 28 seasons in the Yankees' organization, most recently as the bench coach, is finalizing a deal to fill that role for the Philadelphia Phillies. "And then growing up where my dad was in the big leagues from the time I was born to the time I was in a senior in high school and being around great teams, great players, I've kind of lived this game as a kid", he said.

Boone had a rather pedestrian career as a player but the highlight of his career came as a member of the Yankees.

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Yanks choose Boone as next manager