After parting ways with manager Joe Girardi just over a month ago, the New York Yankees have announced their hiring of former Yankee third baseman and postseason hero Aaron Boone as manager.
Boone is beloved amongst Yankee fans for his walk-off home run to win the 2003 ALCS against Boston, and ridiculed amongst baseball fans for being cut the next year after tearing a knee ligament playing a pickup basketball game.
Some writers discussed Girardi’s firing, mentioning that the manager was not a beloved figure in the Bronx, despite his effectiveness as a manager. In Boone’s hiring, the Yankees fill that role of a beloved figure in New York, but the rest is really up in the air. Boone has sent time as a baseball analyst since his retirement in 2009.
The hiring comes in the same week that Boone’s brother, former Mariner second baseman and steroid suspect (he definitely did them) Bret Boone came under fire for making insensitive comments about sexual assault to a reporter in Seattle via Twitter.
Bret tweeted yesterday that “Yesterday’s insensitive and inappropriate remarks were mine and mine alone. They are in no way the opinions of my family.”
The Yankees look to build on a surprisingly strong 2017 which saw the emergence of a superstar in rookie Aaron Judge.