Former Billings Mustang named manager of New York Yankees

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Aaron Boone will be named the next manager of the New York Yankees, sources confirmed to ESPN's Buster Olney. He has never managed or coached at any level.

Is Aaron Boone ready to lead the New York Yankees? All of the Boone's played in one or more MLB All-Star Games. 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. The man filling those shoes is one who has zero managerial experience.

From 1997 - 2009 he played for six different teams.

During the interview process, Cashman consulted with Alex Rodriguez, but the former Yankee was not a candidate.

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".

He added, "Certainly the expectations now will be ramped up even more after such a successful season and when you look at the roster that we're going to potentially have out there".

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Aside from winning, that's the most important quality to have as a Yankee.

The Daily News said that the Yankees were looking for "a strong communicator who could be open-minded to new ideas - including analytics and performance-science". Boone, who is nearly nine years younger than Girardi, will perhaps forge stronger bonds with a young core that includes right fielder Aaron Judge, catcher Gary Sanchez, first baseman Greg Bird and pitchers Luis Severino and Dellin Betances.

The team interviewed six candidates total: recently retired outfielder Carlos Beltran; longtime Yankees coach Rob Thomson; former big league manager Eric Wedge; and Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward.

Whatever their relationship with Girardi, those players helped the Yankees win the top AL wild card spot and make a deep playoff run, a rapid rise for a team that seemed to be in transition.

Boone gained the credibility to work at ESPN by virtue of having a 13-year Major League career that included stints with the Reds, Yankees, Indians, Marlins, Nationals and Astros. "And then growing up where my dad was in the big leagues from the time I was born to the time I was in a senior in high school and being around great teams, great players, I've kind of lived this game as a kid", he said.

Apparently, Boone was the guy who checked most of the boxes. He didn't try to cover it up, " Bret Boone told the Seattle Times during an early spring training day in 2004, the day the Yankees released his younger brother.