On Wednesday afternoon, the New York Yankees held a press conference to welcome Aaron Boone as the 33rd manager of the organization. Boone, who has no previous managerial experience, succeeds Joe Girardi, who led the Yankees to a World Series championship in his 10-year tenure. Despite the lack of managerial experience, Boone grew up in a baseball family, which helped Brian Cashman relate on a personal level.
Cashman compared hiring Boone to his own experience of George Steinbrenner hiring him as the general manager in 1998 with no prior experience. A general manager with no prior experience usually spells disaster. However, Cashman exceeded expectations, and even went as far as becoming ‘Executive of the Year’ following the 2017 season.
“He [Steinbrenner] took a chance on me,” Cashman said. “Here I am, 20 years later.”
During his 45 minute press conference, Boone expressed his goals for his three-year tenure with the Yankees. Aside from the obvious of winning the World Series, Boone hopes to give everything he has on the field, and to develop relationships with all of his players.
Aaron Boone: “One thing I promise you, we are going to have great relationships with our players. We’re going to always do what is best for the New York Yankees.” pic.twitter.com/JP5rm5wNgW
After his days as a ball player came to a close, Boone continued to stay involved with the game he loved, eventually taking a analyst gig with ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. However, Boone admitted during his tenure that he started viewing the game with a ‘manager’s lens’. And when Boone was presented with the opportunity to interview for the vacant position, he was elated.
Following an extensive seven hour interview, Boone was chosen by the front office as the Yankees manager. However, Boone knows his work has only begun. Just as Joe Torre and Girardi before him, Boone’s success as a manager will be reflected on how the team performs. While most managers are defined by their wins and losses, Boone knows his success with this ball club will be measured on a different caliber.
“Obviously I’m going to be judged on wins and losses in the end,” Boone said. “With the New York Yankees, we’re chasing championships.”