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Former Billings Mustang Aaron Boone will be named the next manager of the New York Yankees, according to sources Friday night, despite having zero previous managerial experience at any level.
And now, Bob and Aaron Boone will become just the fourth father/son duo to both manage in Major League Baseball, joining Connie and Earle Mack, George and Dick Sisler, and Bob and Joel Skinner. His 11th-inning home run off Boston's Tim Wakefield won Game 7 of the AL Championship Series for the Yankees against Boston.
He was a big league third baseman from 1997 to 2009 and was an All-Star in 2003, when NY acquired him from the Cincinnati Reds at the trade deadline.
Boone, who starred at Villa Park High before a 12-year career in the major leagues, has been an ESPN baseball analyst since 2010.
The New York Yankees have found their man.
Thomson, who had spent 28 seasons in the Yankees' organization, most recently as the bench coach, is finalizing a deal to fill that role for the Philadelphia Phillies. That person also spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision was not announced.
Cashman said that while there was no ideal candidate, "We're looking for someone like we had before: someone that we can work with and collaborate with and connect with in good times and in bad".More news: Explosive Device Defused at Christmas Market in Germany
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"I would say in a way I've been preparing for this job for the last 44 years", he said then.
That's good news because managing in NY is not an easy task-whether you're in the Bronx or even in Queens, you're constantly under the microscope. 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.
Cashman made his recommendation to owner Hal Steinbrenner and a contract still has to be worked out.
Boone's grandfather, Ray, was a two-time All-Star infielder from 1948-60.
"I know what I would be signing up for", Boone said.
From 1997 - 2009 he played for six different teams. He had been at ESPN since his retirement as a player. "It's really a blessing", Bob Boone said.
Boone's father has worked for the Washington Nationals since December 2004 and now is an assistant general manager. I think the front office has always given the Yankees the greatest chance to succeed. How we gather information and get it into the hands of his players is a very important part of the job nowadays, " Boone stated two weeks ago.