Buck Showalter earned the Yankees manager position after being initially told he was not under consideration.
Joe Torre had it in a messy process, especially because his friend at that time, a sheriff of George Steinbrenner, had The Boss's Ear in that period and kept bringing Torre.
Joe Girardi got it despite the sympathies of fans and players who reside strongly with Don Mattingly.
That's the last quarter of a century for the Yankees' managers, and Aaron Boone continues in succession we should note how incredibly fortunate the franchise has been with who sat in his manager's office, especially considering how easily the Yankees could have gone differently during that period. The organization of George Steinbrenner, once known for a frequency of dismissal directors who was both comical and heartless, has become the epitome of stability.
Showalter, Torre and Girardi are all an act for Boone to follow him. Each one was excellent: Tower good enough to reach the Hall of Fame based on his work. But we must remember that the three men who occupied the position previously were Dallas Green, Bucky Dent and Stump Merrill.
The Yankees want to believe that their process that resulted in Boone being presented as manager on Wednesday is perfected from the Stump and sycophant days, and is. Not only have experienced baseball people in the interview room, but also those who specialize in analysis and mental skills. Hal Steinbrenner was so comfortable with the process that he followed Cashman's recommendation without even having him or his family interviewing Boone.
But the Giants were not just throwing darts on a board when they approached Ben McAdoo. Sometimes you get Bill Parcells and Tom Coughlin, sometimes you get Ray Handley and McAdoo. It is difficult to determine exactly what will make a leader fit, in the right place, at the right time for a team. Torre was not for the Mets, the Braves and the Cardinals, but the crystal slipper slid ideally with the Yankees.
"We bet on the roof of Aaron Boone," Cashman said.
He added: "There will be growing pains and we will be fine with that."
These were recognitions that Boone is a work in progress. When Boone appears in spring training, for the first time he will wear uniform as something more than a player. It is well documented by now that Boone has no prior experience in coaching or management in the minors or seniors and will assume command of a winning list-now, not a rebuilding situation that can foster patience in general.
However, Cashman all laughed when asked if this was the biggest bet of his 20-year career. He worked for George Steinbrenner and paid the highest market prices for players in trades and free agencies. He would say that hiring the right people to run the draft and make international signings is actually more vital than who runs the team, because nobody wins without accumulating excellent players.
Look, it would have been a bigger bet in many ways for Cashman to sign Girardi again. Because if the GM's instinct was correct – that the Yankees were in the midst of obtaining diminishing returns from Girardi – then he could have had to fire a championship manager one season in a four-year contract worth approximately $ 18 million.
Boone has a three-year, $ 4 million contract, less in total than Girardi by 2018. If he proves himself good at an interview and bad at the dugout, the Yankees can get away from him relatively quickly. Cashman has been the general manager for 20 years and had Torre and Girardi divide those 10 and 10. That is the rarity of the game; The Yankees are not obligated to longevity just because they have been fortunate enough to have it in their past managers.
Cashman is investing in Boone's communication skills and baseball IQ and willingness to collaborate, believing that this will be the cornerstone of another sustained period with a Yankee manager.
Boone showed many of his positive traits in his official presentation. He is a comfortable and capable public speaker. He was mostly imperturbable. He embraced the franchise's championship creed, instead of running away from it, something that also distinguished Torre instantly. He mixed the difficult duo of modesty, but with confidence.
It was not necessary to squint to see how Boone could have won a room of baseball men and analysts and mental-skills professionals. The following obstacles, winning a clubhouse and then winning lots and lots of games, are more difficult.
"I understand expectations," said Boone. "I understand why I signed up."
He enlisted to extend a quarter of a century of stability and excellence by taking a cane that has passed very well from Showalter to Torre a Girardi. He practically got the press conference organized and easy to prepare. Now, the difficult part.