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Yankees Officially Name Aaron Boone As 33rd Manager In Team History

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It’s official- Aaron Boone is back with the New York Yankees.

Several outlets over the weekend reported the Yankees were planning on hiring Boone as the next manager of the team; and on Monday, it became a reality as the former third baseman signed a three-year deal with an option for 2021.

Boone, 44, will take over for Joe Girardi who was relieved of his duties on October 26 after 10 years at the helm.

The Yankees interviewed six individuals for the job. In order, they were Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge, Hensley Meulens, Boone, Chris Woodward, and 2017 World Series champion Carlos Beltran.

At the end of the day, Boone- who’s worked on television as a Major League Baseball analyst and broadcaster since 2009- was the best fit.

“When we had the opportunity to speak with Aaron and share concepts and ideas, he was able to showcase a variety of traits that we believe will strongly benefit this franchise as we move forward, including an astute mind for the game and a progressive approach to evolving strategies,” said general manager Brian Cashman, who stressed the importance of “communication and connectivity” as important prerequisites for the next skipper.

Boone is perhaps best remembered for sending the Yankees to the 2003 World Series with an extra-inning walk-off solo shot off Tim Wakefield of the Boston Red Sox in Game 7 of that year’s ALCS.

Boone becomes the 33rd manager in franchise history, and the 18th to have previously played for the Yankees.

“Words cannot express how humbled I am to wear the pinstripes again as the manager of the Yankees. I want to thank the Steinbrenner family and Brian Cashman for entrusting me with this tremendous honor and responsibility. I believe we are entering into a special time in New York Yankees history, and I am so excited to be a part of it. I can’t wait to get to work- and that work starts now,” said Boone.

An introductory press conference is set to take place Wednesday at noon.

“Aaron’s name is already etched into Yankees history, and my family and I are excited to welcome him back to this franchise. This opportunity will allow him to continue to make a positive impact on this organization in distinctly new and meaningful ways,” said principal owner Hal Steinbrenner.

Boone and his father, Bob, are now the third father-son duo to be Major League managers, joining George and Dick Sisler, and Bob and Joel Skinner.

In 12 Major League seasons from 1997-2009, Boone was a .263/.326/.425 hitter with 126 homers and 555 RBIs.

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Rays Recall Austin Meadows

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled outfielder Austin Meadows to their active roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Tompkin.

In addition to Meadows, right handers Austin Pruitt and Chih-Wei Hu, along with lefty Hoby Milner, will be joining the big league roster.

Meadows, 23, posted a  .292/.327/.468 line over 165 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, prior to being sent over in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

 

 

 

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Orioles’ Adam Jones Discusses Vetoed Trade, Free Agency

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Baltimore Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones has seen the organization undergo a major rebuild, and have traded away pieces to start from scratch. Jones was expected to be traded but it has been reported that the veteran exercised his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade that would’ve sent him from Baltimore to the Phillies shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline.

“It just wasn’t right for me” Jones said, during an interview with Sara Perlman of MASNsports.com.

“I was playing center field at the time, and they wanted me to go play right field and platoon. That was the situation there, and it’s understandable. That’s how their roster was constructed, and that’s National League ball — double-switch and all that kind of stuff. … It wasn’t the right move for me, especially going into free agency. I’m not going into free agency looking like I’m [Nolan] Arenado, [Manny] Machado or [Bryce] Harper — obviously not — but I want to continue to create and maintain my stock. Going there to platoon, obviously in a good environment, a winning environment, would’ve hurt me in the long run. If I was 36, 37, a little older and toward the end of it all, of course — that would’ve been a very ideal and smart move, because it’d make sense. … I wish the Phillies the best, because I believe they have a really good team.”

Jones also discussed his pending free agency, adding, “Whoever wants me to run around [in the outfield] for them, whether it’s center, right, left, I could care less. I just want to play.”

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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