Yankees reportedly tap Boone as new manager

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Hensley Meulens and Aaron Boone are favorites to be next Yankees manager

ESPN's Buster Olney confirmed the hire.

The New York Yankees became the final Major League Baseball team to fill a managerial vacancy by hiring Aaron Boone, according to multiple reports. Boone told reporters after his interview that he's been preparing for this job "for 44 years". Sources said Carlos Beltran was informed he would not be the manager, but the just-retired outfielder could be considered for another role in the organization.

Boone hit the only home run during the final game at Cinergy Field in Cincinnati in September of 2002 off Dan Plesac a reliever for the Phillies.

A popular clubhouse presence during his playing career, Boone has been a television analyst since his retirement in 2009, giving him considerable exposure to the ocean of advanced statistics that have become vitally important in overseeing a big league game. It sent the Yankees to the World Series and helped extend the Sox's World Series curse, even though they'd go on to win it in 2004 for the first time since 1918.

Boone will be named the team's next manager, multiple media outlets reported Friday night.

The Yankees made it to the seventh game of the American League Championship Series a little ahead of schedule, so Boone will be working with a young and hungry team which got its first taste of playoff baseball.

Boone's grandfather, Ray, father, Bob, and brother, Bret, all played in the Majors, and his father managed the Reds (1995-97) and Royals (2001-03).

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"Obviously, experience is very valuable and should be a check mark for somebody", Boone said. He spent seven seasons with the Reds and also appeared with the Indians, Marlins, Nationals and Astros.

The Yankees let former manager Joe Girardi, 53, go after their season ended in October when team GM Brian Cashman recommended to owner Hal Steinbrenner that the pinstriped ones find a new leader.

"I reached out to Alex a number of times, 'Hey, what do you got?' I looked for a lot of guidance from a lot of people that I have a lot of respect for, and Alex knows baseball as well as anybody" Cashman said.

The role has evolved to become a more direct conduit to the front office, with increasing emphasis on tying decisions about lineups and strategies decisions to analytics.

Cashman added: "He never expressed interest in any way, shape or form".

Earlier this month, Alex Rodriguez already stated that he wasn't interested in managing the New York Yankees, the former team he played for, comparing the position to being the president of the United States.

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