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Aaron Boone acknowledges it will be a unique “challenge” to lead the Yankees

Aaron Boone acknowledges it will be a unique “challenge” to lead the Yankees

The time of the presentation in society and before the always difficult and demanding New York media came Aaron Boone as the new manager of the legendary home team of the Yankees.

Boone was the first to readily admit that what will be his first professional baseball coaching or pilot experience was a unique, but very difficult and complicated “challenge.”

Especially since he arrives without any type of professional resume as a coach that gives at least some credibility to the players that he will direct from next spring field.

Hence, his first and most important mission will be to convince the Yankees players that the Bronx team officials made a good decision with their choice to fill the position of the prestigious and beloved Joe Girardi.

Boone was introduced today at Yankee Stadium as the successor to Girardi, who in 10 seasons with the Yankees gave them even a World Series title, the last they have achieved in their historic and legendary presence in American League baseball.

The new Yankees manager, his only relationship with the sport of baseball, aside from having been a player, was that of a television sportscaster since last season, after retiring in 2009.

Boone himself also had no problem admitting that with his background he cannot think that his person has more respect for the players than having been a professional like them.

“I know how important the respect of the players towards the manager is and in my case I have to earn it, as all the professionals have done,” said Boone. Hopefully I can earn that respect soon, and that they can trust me, that they know that I am looking out for their best interests, and that they know that I know what I am talking about.

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Set phrases that have been able to convince the Yankees managers, who have given him their total confidence, but that for a professional is not enough.

Nor does saying that “respect is something to be earned from the early days of the preseason and throughout the season.”

What the players want to see is if he is really capable of directing and showing that he can do better than what Girardi, who walked out the back door, did when he had done an excellent job rebuilding a franchise that stopped working. checkbook-based and began to trust young values.

Boone’s only merit as a professional was that he became a Yankees legend thanks to his home run in the eleventh inning that defined the 2003 American League championship series against the eternal rival of the Boston Red Sox.

“Without a doubt I am confident in my abilities,” he said. “Major league players know the difference between a frank person and a not frank person, and I think they are going to realize that very soon.”

However, critics of his appointment have already warned that the fact of being a sincere person or not, when doing his job as a professional is in the background and Boone could have more of a problem if the first sports results do not are good.

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Boone will wear the number 17 on his uniform, the same one he wore as a player for the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians, while he could not wear 19, which was the one he wore when he belonged to the Yankees.

But now that number belongs to Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who was not asked by Yankees officials if he would be willing to make a change.

Boone was a third baseman in the majors from 1997 to 2009 and appeared in the All-Star Game in 2003, after the Yankees got him from the Reds mid-season.

An injury to his left knee in a basketball game between friends in January 2004 cost him a discharge from the Yankees, who said he had violated a ban on the matter in his contract and was replaced by third baseman Alex Rodríguez who got traded by the Texas Rangers.

The Boones are the first family to produce three generations in the majors. His grandfather, Ray, was a stellar infielder from 1948 to 1960. His father, Bob, went to four All-Star Games in a career that lasted from 1972 to 1990 and coached the Kansas City Reds and Royals. His brother, Bret, was a stellar bartender from 1995 to 2005 and played three All-Star Games.

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Aaron Boone will also be part of only the third father-son duo to be managers in the majors. George and Dick Sisler and Bob and Joel Skinner are the others.

Five days after losing to the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced that manager Girardi would not be offered a new contract after 10 seasons.

Without winning the World Series title in 2009 and an overall winning record of 910-710 in regular seasons was not enough.

Cashman’s argument for firing Girardi was that he was concerned about “the ability to communicate and understand the players.”

Boone becomes the 17th of 30 drivers to work his first season in the majors and only the third without any managerial experience at any level, joining Mike Matheny of St. Louis and Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers.

But Matheny spent two seasons as a special assistant for player development, including catching instructor in spring training, and Counsell was a special assistant to the general manager of the Brewers from 2012 to 2015.

Boone is the third new driver among the 10 teams that reached the playoffs this season, after Alex Cora, with the Red Sox and Hispanic Dave Martinez, signed by the Washington Nationals.

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