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Aaron Boone becomes the 33rd manager in Yankees history. He replaces Joe Girardi, whose contract was not renewed after the 2017 season. Boone was one of six candidates to interview with the Yankees. The list also included Eric Wedge, Chris Woodward, Carlos Beltran, Rob Thomson, and Hensley Meulens.
Wednesday marked the beginning of a new era for the Yankees, who introduced Aaron Boone as the 33rd manager in team history.
Boone replaces Joe Girardi, whose contract was not renewed after the 2017 season, one which ended after losing Game 7 of the American League Championship Series to the Houston Astros, who would go on to win the World Series in seven games over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Boone is no stranger to playoff drama. It was his walk-off home run in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS against the Boston Red Sox which clinched the pennant for the Yankees (who would go on to lose the World Series in six games to the Florida Marlins).
Check out the video at the top of this story for the biggest takeaways from Boone’s introductory press conference.
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Boone acknowledges that one of his first tasks as Yankees manager is to convince his players he can do the job. He has never managed or coached at any level, working as a broadcaster since last season after retiring as a player in 2009.
“That’s a respect you earn, and hopefully I think in short order I’ll be able to earn that respect, that they’ll be able to look at me, trust in me, know that I have their interest at heart, but know that hopefully I know what the heck I’m talking about,” he said. “That’s something that you have to earn over the initial days in …read more