The Yankees finally have a new manager. One month after cutting ties with Joe Girardi, New York is hiring former player and current ESPN analyst Aaron Boone to be the franchise’s 28th skipper, according to multiple reports. Boone beat out five other final candidates, including Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens and the recently retired Carlos Beltran, to earn the top job. His choice, though, is somewhat of a surprise given his lack of coaching experience—as well as a risk.
Boone, 44 and the son of former big league manager Bob Boone, comes to the dugout after a 12-year MLB career with six teams. Most notably, he spent the back half of the 2003 season with the Yankees after coming over in a July 31 deal. Boone didn’t hit much in pinstripes, but he contributed one of the biggest moments in the team’s long history, hitting a walk-off home run in Game 7 of that year’s ALCS off Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield to complete a Yankees comeback to win the pennant.
Boone’s other major claim to fame as a Yankee came off the field, when he blew out his knee playing pickup basketball in February 2004. His season-ending injury paved the way for the Yankees to acquire Alex Rodriguez in a trade with the Rangers. Boone’s career, meanwhile,