Aaron Boone introduced as New York Yankees manager

Aaron Boone introduced as New York Yankees manager

Aaron Boone speaks to the media after being introduced as manager of the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on December 6, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City.

"The game's been calling, it's been pulling at me", Boone said. I'm sure the cynics out there will say that is Hal Steinbrenner's reason for making the managerial change, but nah. It feels like the chance of a lifetime for me.

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 seasons, the team's 27th World Series title in 2009 and a 910-710 regular-season record.

"Obviously, this is a team with loads of talent, a team that in many ways came of age this year and arrived". "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". He becomes the 18th Yankees manager to have played for the club.

Boone, who has never managed or coached on any level and has worked as a broadcaster since retiring in 2009, acknowledges that one of his first tasks as manager will be to convince his players he can do the job. He has been in the booth as an analyst for ESPN since his retirement. He says "big league players are great at understanding who's for real or not".

Boone hit.263 in 12 big-league seasons, including a stint with the Yankees. General Manager Brian Cashman remembered that he didn't have any experience as a GM when George Steinbrenner chose him for the role back in 1998. "We are very proud to be introducing someone we think will be a great asset to this organization".

Hal Steinbrenner, son of The Boss, spoke briefly with Boone outside Donohue's office when Boone interviewed on November 17.

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"It was long, it was tough, it was so fun", Boone said.

"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. I want to get lost into the process.

Of Sanchez's miscues on defense, Boone reminded the reporters that the Dominican-born backstop is still very new to the game, having been called up in August 2016. "Then it was hyper-focused on going from how can we get the Yankees better".

Boone is most famous for his ALCS Game 7 winning home run that extended the Red Sox's curse in 2003.

Boone will uniform 17, his number with Cincinnati and Cleveland; pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has the No. 19 jersey Boone wore with the Yankees in 2003. He is a third-generation major leaguer with his grandfather (Ray Boone), his father (Bob) and his brother (Bret). "But, again, when you talk about Yankees and pinstripes ..."

In his introductory press conference, the 44-year-old Boone spoke frequently about building relationships with his players. "That's something that you have to earn over the initial days in spring training, in the season". The Yankees were one victory shy of reaching the World Series this past year, and Steinbrenner said that above all else, he will evaluate Boone by his ability to notch the five postseason wins that Girardi was unable to this past season.

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