Aaron Boone, who hit some of the well-known homers in New York Yankees’ historical past and has served as an badyst on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball the previous two years, is among the many candidates to be the Yankees’ subsequent supervisor, based on sources. An interview has not but been scheduled.
Boone, 44, joined the Yankees in a midseason commerce in 2003, and ended Game 7 of the American League Championship Series in opposition to the Red Sox that fall with an extra-inning homer. He was set to return because the Yankees’ third baseman in 2004 however blew out his knee in a pickup basketball recreation, the primary domino in a collection of occasions that led to the Yankees’ acquisition of Alex Rodriguez.
Boone is a part of a household that has had three generations of main leaguers — his grandfather Ray Boone, his father Bob Boone, and Aaron and Bret Boone. Aaron Boone has by no means managed earlier than however talked final month about his curiosity in managing. His father served as a serious league supervisor for six years, with the Royals and Reds.
The solely candidate to interview for the job up to now is longtime Yankees coach Rob Thomson, who met with group executives for between 5 and 6 hours Wednesday.
Thomson, 54, has spent 28 seasons with the group, together with a decade as a coach below Joe Girardi, who wasn’t retained after this season.
General supervisor Brian Cashman cited “connectivity” with gamers as the rationale the group parted with Girardi.
“I really don’t want to compare myself to Joe. I love Joe,” Thomson stated Thursday. “But I do know this: My strengths are my communication and my trust with the players, and because of that trust we can implement more things into our game, whether it be badytics or sports science, whatever it is. … I’m intense, but I’m still calm and I’m still poised.”
After taking part in in Detroit’s minor league system from 1985 to ’88, Thomson was employed by the Yankees in 1990 as third-base coach at Clbad A Fort Lauderdale. He spent 5 seasons teaching, then managed Clbad A Oneonta within the New York-Penn League in 1995, his solely time as a skipper.
He was the third-base coach at Triple-A Columbus in 1996-97, turned a subject coordinator in 1998, director of participant improvement in 2000 and vice chairman of minor league improvement earlier than the 2003 season. He served as a particular task teacher in 2004-06 and main league subject coordinator in 2007.
Thomson moved to the main league teaching workers when Girardi changed Joe Torre, serving as bench coach in 2008, third-base coach in 2009-14 and once more as bench coach for the previous three seasons.
“I’ve always wanted to manage. I love it,” Thomson stated. “Every game I’ve ever watched or been a part, I’ve kind of managed it in my mind.”
He was interviewed by Cashman, badistant basic managers Jean Afterman and Mike Fishman, vice chairman of baseball operations Tim Naehring and badistant director scouting Dan Giese.
Thomson’s solely earlier supervisor interview was by phone with Toronto after the 2010 season, when the Blue Jays employed John Farrell. This one was extra concerned.
Thomson realizes the job of a giant league supervisor has modified lately.
“The badytics and the sports science have gone to a new level,” he stated. “It’s not like we’ve never looked at numbers, but the numbers have evolved so much and there’s so much to it and they’re such great tools to have. It’s like watching video — it’s another tool to have. And if you’re not paying attention to it and you’re not utilizing the badysts that are upstairs, I think you’re kind of foolish.”
Cashman has not specified how many individuals he plans to interview or his timetable. Former Yankees David Cone and John Flaherty, each badysts for the group’s YES Network, stated Wednesday they wish to be thought-about. They spoke on the annual dinner of Torre’s basis.
Information from The Associated Press was used on this report.