It’s official- Aaron Boone is back with the New York Yankees.
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— New York Yankees (@Yankees) December 4, 2017
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.