The contest to manage the Yankees for 2018 and beyond seems wide open, with reports Thursday indicating that former Yankee 3B Aaron Boone is a candidate for the job.
As ESPN’s Buster Olney mentioned above, Boone gained a new middle name in Boston after his walk-off home run against the Red Sox sent the Yankees to the 2003 World Series. Boone has been working as a game analyst and commentator with ESPN’s MLB coverage since his retirement in 2009.
Boone’s tenure with the Yankees was very short, but quite meaningful. They acquired him at the 2003 Trade Deadline, sending Brandon Claussen, Charlie Manning and cash to the Cincinnati Reds. He slashed .254/.302/.418 with six home runs and 31 RBIs in 54 regular season games, though fans will never forget ALCS Game 7.
As the story goes, Boone then tore a knee ligament during a pick-up basketball game after the season. The basketball game violated his contract, and the team released him. That opened up the path to the Yankees trading 2B Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named later (INF Joaquín Árias) to the Texas Rangers for Alex Rodriguez.
Though he has no coaching experience, Boone has been around the game for ages. His father is Bob Boone, who played from 1972 to 1990 and managed in spurts from 1995 to 2003. His brother, Brett, played from 1992 to 2005 and was a three-time All-Star.
Boone has yet to interview with the team.