Yankees pick Boone as new managerBy BILL MADDEN and MIKE MAZZEO
New York Daily News
December 01. 2017 11:19PM
Aaron Bleepin’ Boone it is.
The Yankees have chosen Boone to replace Joe Girardi as manager, the Daily News has learned.
Boone, who catapulted the Bombers to the World Series in 2003 with his iconic walk-off homer in Game 7 of the ALCS against the Red Sox, is said to have been the pick due to his “polish.”
Brian Cashman had been intrigued by Boone, who has been serving as a TV analyst at ESPN. He has no previous managerial or coaching experience, but clearly impressed team brass during his interview.
Cashman recommended Boone to Hal Steinbrenner, picking him from a pool of six interviewees that included Carlos Beltran, Hensley Meulens, Rob Thomson, Chris Woodward and Eric Wedge.
On Friday, the News reported that it would come down to Boone and Meulens. Beltran and Thomson were both informed that they were not getting the job. Thomson will join the Phillies as bench coach under Gabe Kapler.
The pick of Boone ends a search process that took more than a month to complete.
Girardi was ousted despite leading the Bombers to within one win of a berth in the World Series last season.
Cashman wanted a replacement that was a strong communicator who could be open-minded to new ideas — including analytics and performance-science.