Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. During his time with the team from 2008-2017, NY had the best record in all of baseball.
Five days after NY lost to Houston in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced October 26 that Girardi was not being offered a new contract after 10 seasons, the team's 27th World Series title in 2009 and a 910-710 regular-season record.
"If that's the case", Boone recalled Cashman saying, "I'm going to recommend to ownership that you're the guy we move forward and focus on".
Boone takes over as the Yankees manager after Joe Girardi held the job for 10 years.
That process may determine how much success Boone - and the Yankees - have. The Yankees were one victory shy of reaching the World Series this past year, and Steinbrenner said that above all else, he will evaluate Boone by his ability to notch the five postseason wins that Girardi was unable to this past season. He's also curious about what he doesn't know and eager to apply all the new science and analytic data streaming from the front office. Home run or not, the fact that he played here, for me personally, was a factor, because I think it's important. I came out here to get the job. "I feel like one of my strengths is the person I am, regardless of what's going on around me".
He was introduced on Wednesday at a news conference at Yankee Stadium. On a dais, next to his wife, Laura, whom the team presented flowers to during the festivities, Boone emphasized that he sees himself in the mode of this year's World Series managers, the Houston Astros' A.J. Hinch and the Los Angeles Dodgers' Dave Roberts.
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"It's probably a silly thing for me to say, but [success will be measured by] winning [World Series] championships", Steinbrenner said. I expect it to be very strong. Boone has never managed or coached at any level, working as a broadcaster since last season after retiring as a player in 2009.
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"It is not a shorter-term decision", Yankees GM Brian Cashman said. Alex Rodriguez is now dating Jennifer Lopez, but the former third baseman was in a relationship with ex-wrestler and Playboy cover girl Torrie Wilson when he was on the Yankees. "He's already been thrown into the fire as a player".
Boone quickly learned his new prominence Friday, when news of his hiring became public while he was attending the Pac-12 football championship won by Southern California, the school he attended.
Cashman sounded like he would be patient with Boone. "I firmly believe that Aaron possesses the attributes needed to follow in the tradition of great Yankees managers", owner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement.
"It was clear that his knowledge of the game is very, very impressive", Steinbrenner said.
"For some of the guys involved, it wasn't even close", Steinbrenner said.
"Clearly, he just went through two to three hours of grilling, the Cashman scenarios and lineup questions and everything else", Steinbrenner said.
"There's no doubt that they showed interest in having me back in a different role", he said.