The 2003 ALCS hero is back in pinstripes with a different title.
This time, Aaron Boone will be the next manager of the New York Yankees, and the 33rd manager in the history of the franchise.
The Yankees announced the managerial hire on Monday and will hold a press conference at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday to welcome Boone back in pinstripes.
Boone was signed to a three-year contract through 2020 with a team option for 2021.
“Words cannot express how humbled I am to wear the pinstripes again as the manager of the Yankees,” said Boone via a press release.
Boone, most known for his walk-off home run in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS to send the Yankees to the World Series, was one of six candidates who were interviewed for the position, including Eric Wedge, Rob Thomson, Chris Woodward, Hensley Meulens, and Carlos Beltran.
Previously, Boone had spent the last eight years as an analyst on ESPN for Sunday Night Baseball as well as a studio analyst for Baseball Tonight.
“When we had the opportunity to speak with Aaron and share concepts and ideas, he was able to showcase a variety of traits that we believe will strongly benefit this franchise as we move forward, including an astute mind for the game and a progressive approach to evolving strategies.
“We also believe Aaron’s interpersonal skills and baseball pedigree will allow him to blend well with the systems we have in place, our baseball operations staff and the 25-man roster,” said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. “On a personal level, I look forward to collaborating with him over the coming years and offering him the support and resources needed to get the most out of our players.”
Boone will become the 18th Yankees manager to have previously played for the team.
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