Aaron Boone will be named the next manager of the New York Yankees, sources confirmed to ESPN's Buster Olney. Now, at 44, he can build on that legacy as a rookie manager for the team. That person also spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision was not announced.
Boone is part of a three-generation baseball family. "Certainly the expectations now will be ramped up even more after such a successful season and when you look at the roster that we're going to potentially have out there".
Boone, 70, even favorably compared his son's ease in communicating with others to the demeanor of one of his own contemporaries, former Yankees manager Joe Torre.
Bob Boone's father, Ray, was a two-time All-Star third baseman for Detroit in the mid-1950s during a 13-year playing career.
Cashman said on Friday morning that the team was ready to move on from the interview process, having brought Yanks bench coach Rob Thomson, former Indians and Mariners manager Eric Wedge, Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens, Boone, Dodgers third-base coach Chris Woodward and recently retired slugger Carlos Beltran to Yankee Stadium for lengthy interviews.
Of course, Red Sox fans remember Boone for his iconic walk-off homer to send the Yankees to the World Series in 2003.More news: India's economy posts first growth in five quarters
He said he chose to stop the interviewing process after meeting with six candidates and that he would make a recommendation to ownership and they could go from there. He tore a knee ligament during a pickup basketball game in the offseason after his home run off Boston's Tim Wakefield and was released by NY, which replaced him by acquiring Alex Rodriguez. It was a bit of a surprise but he was Brian Cashman's choice.
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".
"I find myself managing games all the time and thinking about strategies and how I would handle different situations", Boone said. Boone, who is nearly nine years younger than Girardi, will perhaps forge stronger bonds with a young core that includes right fielder Aaron Judge, catcher Gary Sanchez, first baseman Greg Bird and pitchers Luis Severino and Dellin Betances.
It could be a short honeymoon with the rest of Yankees Universe if things get off to a bumpy start in the standings, but "I know what I would be signing up for, " Boone said in mid-November.
"I understand what it is to be a Yankee", he said.