The New York Yankees, after a long and arduous search, have finally chosen the man who will lead their team into the future. In a SOSH Baseball exclusive, Rick Rowand writes about who will be The Man in the Bronx.
The New York Yankees are all set to announce the hiring of Aaron “F” Boone as their new manager, despite his lack of any coaching or managerial experience. Per two confidential sources who work deep within the bowels of the organization, the announcement will come on Black Friday so that “Yankees fans finally have something to truly be thankful for this holiday season.”
In the past, the Yankees have shown a proclivity for hiring managers who had previous experience as coaches or managers, were catchers, were ex-Yankees, or all three. In fact, in a previous article, I used their criteria to show why Brad Ausmus was the perfect choice, after Joe Girardi was fired, to take the reins of professional sports most storied franchise. Boone is an ex-Yankee, but he has no known experience as a manager or coach at any level and only played in the infield. We are checking to see if the rumors are true that he does have experience coaching in Little League.
Boone does bring a family history to the job that other candidates just don’t have. His grandfather Ray played first, short, and third, his father Bob was both a catcher and a manager, and his brother Bret played second base. Boone will also bring a wealth of experience as both a studio analyst and color commentator for ESPN, long known as the preeminent network for baseball. He also has something not seen in the Yankees dugout in years, a manager with a full head of hair.
Besides playing all infield positions in a storied MLB career for numerous teams, Boone was also able to absorb, through osmosis, the knowledge of other ex-players he worked with at ESPN. This includes other true believers in advanced stats such as Rick Sutcliffe, John Kruk, and Harold Reynolds.
According to my sources, Hal and Hank Steinbrenner, as well as GM Brian Cashman, were “giddy with anticipation” because Boone’s presence in the dugout would also “serve to remind Red Sox fans at least 19 times a year of the utter failure that was Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.” At the press conference introducing Boone, the Yankees will also announce that Bucky “F” Dent will be his bench coach. Boone’s father Bob was also a candidate for the bench coach position, but was described as too “old school” for the Yankees.
Happy Turkey Day Yankees fans!
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