Aaron John Boone
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 190 lb.
- School University of Southern California
- High School Villa Park High School
- Debut June 20, 1997
- Final Game October 4, 2009
- Born March 9, 1973 in La Mesa, CA USA
Aaron Boone was in his eleventh season in the major leagues in 2008 with the Washington Nationals. He played almost regularly given the chronic injury problems of first baseman Nick Johnson and Dmitri Young's mediocre production.
He is the grandson of Ray Boone, the son of Bob Boone and the brother of Bret Boone. He is also the nephew of Rod Boone, a legendary college player and the brother of Matt Boone who never made the majors. In addition, his aunt Terry was a top swimmer who competed in the Olympic Trials in 1968.
Boone hit .289/~.400/.368 as the US second baseman in the 1991 World Junior Championship. He scored 11 runs to tie for second on the Bronze Medal winners. In 1994, he stole 26 bases to set a single-season University of Southern California record. "He really reads pitchers well", said his father, Bob Boone, years later when Aaron was stealing bases well with the Reds.
While normally playing in the shadow of his more famous brother Bret, Aaron became famous for his 7th game, 11th inning, series-ending home run off Tim Wakefield in the 2003 American League Championship Series, the Yankees 39th pennant. He had started the season with the Cincinnati Reds, making the all-star team in spite of mediocre numbers, and being traded to New York for Brandon Claussen and the trading deadline. However, when he apparently violated his contract during the off-season by getting injured while playing in a basketball game, the Yankees released him. The injury then prompted the Yanks to trade for Alex Rodriguez, to take over his spot at third base.
After spending 2004 on the sidelines due to his injured knee, he caught on with the Cleveland Indians in 2005. He started the season very slowly: on June 3, he had the lowest batting average in the Majors at .151. After that date, he hit .284 with 12 home runs and, with the team playing well, the Indians chose to keep him for 2006. In 2007 he played with the Florida Marlins as a back-up corner infielder. he then spent the 2008 season as a back-up with the Washington Nationals before ending his career with 10 games for the Houston Astros at the end of the 2009 season.
Boone announced 2014 College World Series and 2015 College World Series games for ESPN. He worked as an analyst on Monday night Major League Baseball broadcasts for ESPN in 2015, then was promoted to its marquee Sunday Night Baseball program in 2016, joining play-by-play announcer Dan Shulman and another new analyst, Jessica Mendoza.
- NL All-Star (2003)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (2002 & 2003)
There were 19 days on which Aaron and Bret Boone each hit home runs in the major leagues. This is an all-time major league record (through 2010).