The New York Yankees became the final MLB team to fill a managerial vacancy by hiring Aaron Boone, according to multiple reports. Bill Madden of the New York Daily News was the first to report the hiring of Boone, a former Yankees third baseman who will become the 35th manager in club history.
Boone has no previous managerial experience, but spent 12 years in the majors with six clubs, including more than six seasons with the Cincinnati Reds (1997-2003), one with the Washington Nationals (2008) and 54 games with the Yankees (2003).
The 44-year-old ingratiated himself with the Bronx faithful during his brief tenure, thanks to his 11th-inning walk-off home run against the Boston Red Sox in Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series. Red Sox fans have referred to him as “Aaron Bleeping Boone” ever since. Boone’s only all-star appearance was in 2003.
Boone comes from a strong baseball lineage starting with his grandfather, Ray, a player from 1948 to 1960. His father Bob played in the majors from 1972 to 1990, before managing the Kansas City Royals and Cincinnati Reds over parts of six seasons. His brother Bret enjoyed a 14-year career from 1992 to 2005.
The Yankees chose Boone to replace Joe Girardi, who managed the club from 2008-2017 and led them to their 27th World Series title in 2009. Boone has been a baseball analyst with ESPN since 2010.