UPDATE (Dec. 4 at 4:07 p.m. ET): The Yankees officially announced the signing on Twitter. The release indicates he will get a three-year deal with a team option for 2021. He will speak to the press Wednesday.
It seems that the great search has now ended: Aaron Boone will be the next manager of the New York Yankees per a multitude of reports. The first reporter on the scoop was the New York Daily News’ Bill Madden.
The Yankees interviewed six candidates in the “first round” of interviews, and a second round was announced initially to interview with general manager Brian Cashman and the Steinbrenner family in Tampa. But, news leaked yesterday that Cashman would make a “recommendation” to ownership in lieu of a second round of interviews.
The Yankees interviewed:
- Carlos Beltrán
- Aaron Boone
- Hensley Meulens
- Rob Thomson
- Eric Wedge
- Chris Woodward
Thomson has since left the organization to become the bench coach for the Philadelphia Phillies. Sources reported that Meulens will assume the role of bench coach for the San Francisco Giants, his current club. It is unclear if Beltrán, Wedge or Woodward will have any role with the Yankees after not getting the manager’s job.
Boone is well-known throughout baseball for hitting a walkoff home run in Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series to send the Yankees to the World Series. Of course, as the story goes, he broke his leg playing basketball during the offseason and was replaced by Alex Rodriguez.
Boone hit .263/.326/.425 (93 wRC+) with 126 home runs and 555 RBIs in his 12-year (1,152-game) career. He has no previous coaching experience, but spent eight years working at ESPN as an analyst after his retirement.
The only coach confirmed to be on the staff for 2018 is pitching coach Larry Rothschild.