NEW YORK – Aaron Boone's job as the Yankees' new manager began long before he was officially awarded the job.
In recent days he has tackled a series of tasks, under the direction of general manager Brian Cashman. Boone told reporters after he was formally introduced as the new skipper at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
The main responsibility so far has been to put together a list of possible candidates for the coaching staff, Cashman and Boone said.
Boone has also connected with many of the players on the Yankees' roster through phone calls and text messages and Cashman has asked him to evaluate part of the club's talent.
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"I've contacted many, I've texted many of them, I've talked to a handful," Boone said. "Obviously, I know some guys quite well, I know the newcomers a little bit about work and, as the team stood out this year and we saw these young people coming of age, I think what is really exciting for me They are people with whom I believe I am going to be a part and be able to influence them.
"It seems that the room for me has the opportunity to be really special. I think culture is very important in your clubhouse, especially when you talk about the possibility of having long-term sustainable success. When you have a great culture, now with a great young talent, you have the opportunity to flourish there in the long term. "
Regarding his coaching staff, he already knows a key component: Larry Rothschild, the team announced, will return as coach pitching.
Rothschild has been with the Yankees since 2011 and could end up being the sole relay of the technical staff of the Joe Girardi era.
The rest of the Yankees coaching staff last year still has no contracts. ] That includes coaches Alan Cockrell (primary) and Marcus Thames (assistant), bullpen coach Mike Harkey and first base coach Tony Pena, head coach Rob Thomson went to fill the same spot with the Phillies. Espada left to become the Astros banking coach.
Considering Boone's lack of coaching and managerial experience, it might make sense to link the 44-year-old coach to a more experienced team. Cashman said that is not a lock. he is c Affordable with Rothschild's previous experience as manager of the Rays and who wants to form the most intelligent team he can.
Boone gave recommendations to Cashman, the general manager said.
"I think we want the best coaches we can, possibly find something that surrounds him and would tell him the fact that I just hired a manager with no management experience, it comforts me that Larry Rothschild has done it," he said. Cashman "I think he's one of the best pitching coaches in the game, he's a former manager, he's worked for some of the best management people in the game … (Lou) Piniella obviously in Chicago, Jim Leyland in Miami among others and obviously Joe Girardi, and I think he has a lot to offer (Boone) and now, like everything else, we will collaborate with Aaron on what we have inside the company that we would recommend him to consider and then have names to ask us to consider, so we have to close the game on who they are and what they are and we have interviews ready for that, then collectively, we assemble the best team that suits him and us when we move on to 2018. "
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