Brian Cashman: Joe Girardi's successor either Aaron Boone, Hensley Meulens

Brian Cashman: Joe Girardi's successor either Aaron Boone, Hensley Meulens

Just a day after it was announced that Herm Edwards was next up to be the head coach of Arizona State's football team, we have learned that Aaron Boone will be leaving The Worldwide Leader to go manage the most storied franchise in all of sports (probably), the New York Yankees. Now, at 44, he can build on that legacy as a rookie manager for the team.

The New York Yankees have apparently decided that the right fit is more important when it comes to their managerial vacancy.

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. Steinbrenner approved, giving Boone his first managing job at any level. Boone has not been in uniform since retiring as a player eight years ago, but his hiring continues a trend around the majors. The man filling those shoes is one who has zero managerial experience.

"And I very much think that my job as manager would be to forge really strong relationships where these players understand that me and my staff are going to really care about them, that they're going to be able to trust us".

The pennant winners from the past two seasons - the Houston Astros, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians - are among the teams that lean heavily on this dynamic.

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"Look, obviously, experience is very valuable and should be a check mark for somebody", Boone told reporters in a conference call after his interview with the Yankees. "But I would also say in a way, I've been preparing for this job for my entire life. I've been going to the ballpark since I was 3 or 4 years old". He grew up in a baseball family.

From 1997 - 2009 he played for six different teams. Boone retired after a 12-year playing career in which he finished with a.263 career batting average with 126 home runs. His walk-off, 11th inning home run to win Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS was one of the more memorable playoff moments of this century, especially since it prolonged the then-current agony of the Boston Red Sox in the process.

The decision ultimately came down to Boone and San Francisco Giants bench coach Hensley "Bam Bam" Meulens. Cashman later said he was concerned over "ability to fully engage, communicate, connect with the playing personnel".

As the new Yankees manager, Boone is committed to the 2017 version of a manager who embraces analytics and sees his office as "an extension of the front office".

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