Boone became the first person with no experience as a manager or coach to interview to become Joe Girardi's successor with the New York Yankees, a job he has reportedly been given. Now, at 44, he can build on that legacy as a rookie manager for the team. The person was not authorized to discuss the move because the Yankees have not announced it. He grew up in a baseball family. "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".
Both Boone and Meulens have Yankee backgrounds. Boone retired after a 12-year playing career in which he finished with a.263 career batting average with 126 home runs.
Five days after NY lost to Houston in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced October 26 that Girardi was not being offered a new contract after 10 years, one World Series title and a 910-710 regular-season record. But he made his stay memorable, blasting a Tim Wakefield knuckleball into the left-field seats in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, defeating the Boston Red Sox and sending the Yankees to the World Series. He tore a knee ligament in a pickup basketball game during the 2003-04 offseason and was released by the Yankees, who replaced him by acquiring Alex Rodriguez. It was a bit of a surprise but he was Brian Cashman's choice.
In his conference call with the news media following his interview, Boone outlined his conversation with the Yankees, which he said centered around his stance and background in analytics and his communication style with players.
The average age of Girardi's first seven Yankees rosters was always between 29.3 and 31.8 years, according to Baseball Reference.
Aaron Boone said on November 17 that he believes that time with the Yankees could help him prepare for this job, which certainly comes with its share of expectations.
Like Torre did in 1996, albeit without his previous managerial experience, Aaron Boone also inherits a Yankee team with high expectations, one that got to within one win of reaching the World Series this season.
"I just feel like it's started to really pull at me", he said.
After missing out on the Yankees' job, Thomson told the Phillies he is accepting an offer to become their bench coach, a person familiar that decision said.
He's been around the game his whole life, so even if it is his first managing, he's not some unknown just waltzing into NY.
Larry Rothschild is signed to return as the Yankees' pitching coach for next season, but the team must now begin filling the rest of Boone's staff.