“You can’t just roll your glove out there and be good again. We want to take the next step as a team.”
Aaron Boone, Manager NY Yankees
Aaron Boone is in his third season as Manager of the New York Yankees. He is the only Major League Manager ever to win 100 or more games in each of his first two seasons. Aaron Boone was taken in the third round by the Cincinnati Reds in 1994, in Baseball’s Amateur Draft. Boone played 13 seasons in the Major Leagues and had a lifetime batting average of .263. Aaron Boone hit 26 home runs for the Reds in 2002 and was a National League All-Star with them in 2003. Boone finished the 2003 season with the Yankees and hit one of the most memorable home runs in MLB history – a walk-off game winner in the 11th inning of Game 7 of the LCS against the Boston Red Sox. The HR won the American League Pennant for the Yankees.
Aaron Boone and his brother, Brett, both were the third generation in the Boone family to play Major League Baseball. There was grandfather Ray and father Bob, who also was a Major League Manager. I got to know Aaron Boone very well when he played for the Indianapolis Indians in 1997 and 1998. I found him to be intelligent and quite personable with excellent communication skills. As a young player in the Minor Leagues, he was very passionate and respectful of how the game of baseball should be played. It is not surprising that he was a fine broadcaster with ESPN and that he now is having a great deal of success in managing at the Major League level. Aaron Boone relates very well to the modern day ballplayer. His New York Yankees have a great deal of talent, although like last season, they have been hard hit with injuries. The Yankees have been playing very well again this season as they try to reach the World Series for the first time since 2009. Whenever a team is successful, there is a great deal of credit to go around, and Aaron Boone deserves his share of it!