Yankees tab Aaron Boone as next manager

The Yankees are considered a strong favorite to land Japanese star Shohei Otani

After a month of searching, interviews, and speculation, the 35th manager of the Yankees will be none other than Aaron Bleepin' Boone. After making the trip down the building in one piece, he spoke with gathered reporters and told them about his decision-making process. I think the front office has always given the Yankees the greatest chance to succeed.

Both Boone and Meulens have Yankee backgrounds.

Bob Boone's father, Ray, was a two-time All-Star third baseman for Detroit in the mid-1950s during a 13-year playing career.

Neither Boone nor Meulens have ever managed in the big leagues.

Of course, Red Sox fans remember Boone for his iconic walk-off homer to send the Yankees to the World Series in 2003. He tore a knee ligament during a pickup basketball game in the offseason after his home run off Boston's Tim Wakefield and was released by NY, which replaced him by acquiring Alex Rodriguez.

General manager Brian Cashman, who traded for Boone down the stretch in 2003, recommended him as the manager to Hal Steinbrenner, the Yankees' managing general partner. He said Cashman contacted him about succeeding Girardi, whose contract was not renewed despite the Yankees' surprising surge to the ALCS. Thomson, who had been in the Yankees' organization for 28 seasons, plans to accept a bench coach position with the Phillies, while Beltran has said that he is looking forward to spending time at home with his family. The average age of his last three teams has been a little over 27.

"I would say in a way I've been preparing for this job for the last 44 years", Boone said after interviewing for the job in mid-November, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com).

By blowing out his left knee in a January 2004 pickup basketball game, Boone accidentally started the A-Rod Era in pinstripes; trading for Alex Rodriguez became the Yankees' solution to their sudden third base vacancy.

On the sidelines of the Pac-12 championship game on Friday night stood USC product Aaron Boone, whose life-changing day added a cherry on top when his Trojans upended his father's alma mater, Stanford, for the school's first conference title in football in nine years. The Yankees, who in spring training, were picked to finish in fourth place and were considered a rebuilding team, ended up winning 91 games, knocked off the American League Champion Cleveland Indians and then took the eventual World Series Champion Houston Astros to a seventh game.

Larry Rothschild is signed to return as the Yankees' pitching coach for next season, but the team must now begin filling the rest of Boone's staff.

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