Aaron Boone will be the next manager of the Yankees

New York Yankees third baseman Aaron Boone comes first for the out after connecting the Chicago White Sox Michael Olivo grounder in the second inning on Monday September 22, 2003 in Chicago. [19659007] (Photo: STEPHEN J. CARRERA, AP)

NEW YORK – During his teleconference after interviewing for the Yankees' managerial opening, Aaron Boone talked about building strong relationships with his players, based on trust.

"At the end of the day, we're going to do the things that are going to be better for the Yankees," Boone said two weeks ago.

On Friday night, the Yankees selected Boone to be the 35th manager in the history of the franchise.

But the Boone-Yankees bond has roots dating back to 14 years, not because of its home run that won a pennant in 2003, but because of its rapid demonstration of responsibility and integrity a few months later.

Blowing his left knee in a basketball game in January 2004, Boone accidentally stepped into the era of A-Rod in pinstripes; Alex Rodriguez's exchange became the Yankees' solution to his sudden vacancy at third base.

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But it started with a hard phone call from Boone to general manager Brian Cashman, having to explain how he had violated the standard terms of his new one-year contract and $ 5.75 million by playing hoops that day, suffering what turned out to be an injury that ended the season. [19659010] "I have a lot of respect for how he did it." He did not try to hide it, "Bret Boone told the Seattle Times during a day of spring training in 2004, the day the Yankees released their brother. minor.

"That's what happens with him. He has character and he's honest, "said Bret Boone. "You have to respect someone who is honest from the start."

As the new manager of the Yankees, Boone is committed to the 2017 version of a manager who adopts the badysis and sees his office as "an extension of the front" office. How we collect information and put it in the hands of its players is a very important part of the job today, "Boone said two weeks ago.

However, some fundamental principles should never change.

" One of the greatest Parts of the job are relationships, "Boone said, a point that he expanded.

" And I very much believe that my job as a manager would be to forge really strong relationships where these players understand that my team and I are really going to care, that they can trust in us. "

Boone, 44, has never been a coach or coach at the professional level, but he has remained in the game as an ESPN badyst and has recently begun to consider being available for management opportunities. [19659009] It is easy to imagine an experienced former MLB manager, such as Eric Wedge, who serves as Boone's bench coach (Boone played for Wedge in Cleveland) and pitching coach Larry Rothsch ild is returning to guide the staff.

But this is even a bet from Cashman, taking a risk with Boone after Joe Girardi's tenth season ended in a World Series appearance win, a streak that did not annul the DJ's desire to hire a voice Fresh and a new style.

It could be a short honeymoon with the rest of the Yankees universe if things start badly in the standings, but "I know what I would sign up for," Boone said in mid-November.

After having played Media season in striped fabrics, Boone believes he understands "what it is to be a Yankee" and the "expectations that go with it, and certainly expectations will now increase even more after such a successful season." & # 39;

Boone enters the job of its first manager with at least one mandate to return to this club until October. And he has not covered it either.

Facing that kind of pressure makes it "even a little more valuable when you're chasing it."


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