The New York Yankees shocked the baseball world when they named Aaron Boone as their new manager. Here’s a look at how Boone became the Yankees’ skipper.
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Aaron Boone’s Early Life and Career
Aaron Boone was born on September 17, 1973, in La Mesa, California. He is the son of Bob Boone, who was also a major league catcher, and his wife, Sharlee. Boone was drafted by the Royals in the third round of the 1994 amateur draft. He made his major league debut with the Royals in 1997.
Aaron Boone’s family
Aaron Boone was born on September 7, 1973, in La Mesa, California. His parents are Bob Boone, a former big league catcher and manager, and Susan Boone. He has two brothers who also played professional baseball: Bret Boone, a former All-Star second baseman, and Matt Boone. Aaron Boone and his wife, Lindsay Clubine, have two children together.
Boone was drafted by the Royals in the 1994 amateur draft out of the University of Southern California (USC). He made his Major League debut on September 22, 1997. He hit his first career home run on May 17, 1998, off pitcher John Halama of the Mariners. In 2001, he was traded to the Reds as part of a three-team trade that also involved the Mariners.
With Cincinnati, he became a regular player and hit .263 with 12 homers and 46 RBIs in 2002. The following year, he had his best season as a pro when he batted .275 with 21 homers and 94 RBIs while playing solid defense at third base. The Reds won the National League pennant that year but lost to the Yankees in the World Series.
Aaron Boone’s college career
Aaron Boone was born on March 9, 1973, in La Mesa, California. He is the son of Bob Boone, who was a Major League Baseball catcher and two-time All-Star, and Susan Gavigan Boone. His great-grandfather Ray Boone also played baseball professionally. Aaron attended El Dorado High School in Placentia, California, before matriculating to the University of Southern California (USC), where he played college baseball for the USC Trojans. In his three years at USC, Boone compiled a career.364 batting average with 34 home runs and 159 RBIs. He was named the team’s Most Valuable Player in 1994. He was inducted into USC’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
Aaron Boone’s professional career
Aaron Boone played major league baseball for 12 seasons, from 1997 to 2009. He was a member of six different teams, including the Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals, and Houston Astros. Boone is best remembered for his time with the Yankees, with whom he won a World Series championship in 2003.
Boone began his managerial career in 2010 with the Columbus Clippers, the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate. He served as the team’s skipper for two seasons before being promoted to the big league club in December 2012. Since becoming manager of the Yankees, Boone has led the team to a record of 485-363 (.571 winning percentage), four consecutive American League East titles (2018-2021), and one World Series championship (2020).
Aaron Boone’s Time with the Yankees
Aaron Boone became the manager of the New York Yankees on December 6, 2017. He replaced Joe Girardi, who had been the Yankees’ manager for ten seasons. Boone had previously been the Yankees’ third base coach from 2015 to 2017.
Aaron Boone’s managerial debut
Aaron Boone became the 33rd manager in New York Yankees history when he was hired on December 6, 2017. He made his managerial debut on Opening Day, March 29, 2018, when the Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1.
Aaron Boone’s first season
In January of 2018, the New York Yankees announced that Aaron Boone would be the team’s new manager. This was following the firing of Joe Girardi after the 2017 season.
Boone’s first season as manager was a successful one. The Yankees finished with a record of 100-62, good for first place in the AL East. They went on to beat the Oakland Athletics in the Wild Card game and then lost to the eventual World Series champion Boston Red Sox in the ALDS.
Despite the early exit from the playoffs, Boone was praised for his management of the team during the regular season and was named a finalist for AL Manager of the Year.
Aaron Boone’s second season
It’s been a long time since Aaron Boone played in the big leagues. In fact, he’s been retired for nearly as long as he was an active player. But even though he’s no longer playing, Boone remains firmly entrenched in the game of baseball as the current manager of the New York Yankees, a position he’s held since 2018.
Boone’s baseball career began in 1992 when he was drafted by the Reds in the third round of the amateur draft. He made his MLB debut with Cincinnati in 1997 and played infield for them until 2003. He was then traded to the Yankees, where he served as a utility player and backup third baseman until 2006. After being released by New York, Boone spent time with the Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, and Florida Marlins before retiring in 2009.
He didn’t stay away from baseball for long, however. In 2010, Boone began working as a studio analyst for ESPN, a job he maintained until 2017. It was during his time at ESPN that Boone first expressed an interest in becoming a manager. And after interviewing for several vacant managerial positions, including those with the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks, he finally got his chance when he was hired by the Yankees in December of 2017.
Boone had no previous managerial experience at any level when he took over as skipper of the Bronx Bombers. But despite this fact, he led New York to a 100-62 record and an AL East division title in his first year at the helm. The Yankees would go on to lose to the eventual World Series champion Boston Red Sox in the ALDS, but Boone’s debut season was still considered to be a success.
New York failed to make it back to the playoffs in 2019 after going 103-59 during the regular season. But despite this disappointing end to what had been an otherwise successful campaign, there is still reason to believe that Boone is the right man for the job moving forward. After all, he did lead the team to its best record in nearly two decades during his first year on the job. Only time will tell if he can continue to have similar success over the course of his career as Yankees manager.