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A guy like Aaron Boone doesn't need experience: Mark Teixeira

07 December 2017, 07:14 | Henrietta Morgan

A guy like Aaron Boone doesn't need experience: Mark Teixeira

A guy like Aaron Boone doesn't need experience: Mark Teixeira

Since retiring in 2009, he has worked as an ESPN broadcaster.

Aaron Boone's blast off Tim Wakefield gave him a signature moment, winning the 2003 AL pennant - for the Yankees, against the Red Sox no less - at the former Yankee Stadium.

Though Steinbrenner had said that he might prefer a replacement for Joe Girardi who had some previous managing or coaching experience, he eased off that stance once he heard gushing reviews from the executives in the room who spoke to Boone.

Boone acknowledged that the Baby Bombers, after coming within one game of the World Series, will be going after titles, but the theme of his answer was very new school: Trust the process.

"I haven't been there yet, so I respect that, " Boone said one day after being named the new Yankees' manager. "With the New York Yankees, we are chasing championships". Home run or not, the fact that he played here, for me personally, was a factor, because I think it's important.

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"For a long time, I kind of tried to distance myself from it because we lost the World Series", Boone said Wednesday at his introductory press conference at Yankee Stadium.

Of course, Hinch was sacked the next season by the D'backs, and that experience helped form him into a better manager - with a better team - by this past season, winning a world championship with the Astros in his third full year at Houston's helm. "Maybe that's the pilot in me", Steinbrenner said. I expect it to be very strong.

But still, he will never forget the home run or what he had to watch in Game 6 of the World Series.

Aaron Boone was pulling into the driveway of his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, last Thursday, bringing 8-year-old daughter Bella home from school so his wife could drive her to a dance lesson, and he noticed a missed call from Brian Cashman.

The Yankees felt that Girardi did not connect well enough with the players in the team's clubhouse, which was the main reason they let him go. "He's already been thrown into the fire as a player".

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Cashman sounded like he would be patient with Boone. Former All-Star Carlos Beltran, Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, former Yankees player and current Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens, Mariners manager Eric Wedge and Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward also interviewed for the job.

"It was clear that his knowledge of the game is very, very impressive", Steinbrenner said. "It wasn't even close".

Steinbrenner said that Cashman and his lieutenants were so strong in their recommendation to the owner that Steinbrenner didn't feel the need to have an extended meeting with Boone before making the move.

"There's no doubt that they showed interest in having me back in a different role", he said. "But anyone who knows me and the way I live my life, I'm a pretty consistent person, no matter what's going on". I hope those expectations are ramped up each and every year.

As for the traditional path to getting a managerial job, Teixeira thinks it's overrated. By the middle of the season, [Boone] is going to be a veteran manager.

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"Since the Red Sox have had their success and won their championships, since I've gone back there, it has been a little more good-natured", Boone said.

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