Aaron Boone

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1995 Topps #581 Aaron Boone

Aaron John Boone

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Biographical Information[edit]

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.

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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.

Through age 34, the most similar player was Chris Sabo, according to the similarity scores method.

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. In November 2017, he was one of the candidates interviewed to succeed Joe Girardi as manager of the Yankees and unexpectedly won the competition in spite of his lack of any coaching or managerial experience since his retirement. However, his communication skills and his experience of having played at a high level in the special environment that always gravitates around the team were qualities that set him apart. The appointment was made official when he was introduced by the team as their new manager on December 6th. Ironically, he was replaced as an analyst on Sunday Night Baseball by Alex Rodriguez - the man who had replaced him as the Yankees' third baseman back in 2004.

He had a very good first season in 2018, as the Yankees continued to improve after their breakthrough year in 2017. He was particularly good at juggling with his line-up because of numerous injuries and integrating youngsters Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres into everyday roles. Unfortunately for him, the Boston Red Sox were having a historically good season at the same time, and began to pull away from the Yankees for the division lead beginning in July, meaning that as well as the Yankees had played, they were likely headed into a winner-take-all Wild Card Game at the end of the season. While generalyy keeping things calm in the media cauldron that is New York, he did have one epic tirade on August 31st, when he hotly disputed a strike three call, complete with crouching behind the plate and mimicking the gestures of a catcher framing the pitch. He was of course ejected, and later a one-game suspension was added as it was determined that he had bumped umpire Nic Lentz during the argument. The Yankees won the Wild Card Game at home against the Oakland Athletics, but they weer then defeated by the Red Sox in four games in the Division Series.

Boone's second season at the helm of the Yankees in 2019 was even more impressive. He had to juggle with a line-up and pitching rotation beset from injuries starting in spring training, yet the team never skipped a beat, quickly building a sizable lead over the Red Sox and also distancing the resilient Tampa Bay Rays by the All-Star break. On September 19th, the Yankees clinched a division title, their first since 2012 with their 100th win of the year. Boone also became the first ever manager to win 100 or more games in his first two seasons.


Preceded by
Joe Girardi
New York Yankees Manager
2018-
Succeeded by
current

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL All-Star (2003)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (2002 & 2003)
  • Division Titles: 1 (2019)
  • Other Postseason Appearances: 1 (2018 - Wild Card)
  • 100 Wins Seasons as Manager: 2 (2018 & 2019)

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2018 New York Yankees American League 100-62 2nd New York Yankees Lost ALDS
2019 New York Yankees American League 103-59 1st New York Yankees Lost ALCS

Record[edit]

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).

Further Reading[edit]

  • Bret Boone and Kevin Cook: Home Game: Big-League Stories from My Life in Baseball's First Family, Crown Archetype, Random House, New York, NY, 2016. ISBN 978-1101904909
  • Pete Caldera: "Aaron Boone officially announced as Yankees manager", USA Today Sports, December 4, 2017. [1]
  • Jamal Collier: "Yanks interview Boone for manager opening", mlb.com, November 17, 2017. [2]
  • Mark Feinsand: "ALDS proves a learning experience for Boone: Slow hook on CC puts bullpen management in spotlight again", mlb.com, October 10, 2018. [3]
  • Bryan Hoch: "Yank Aaron! Boone is NY's skipper pick: Sources: 2003 ALCS hero to be named next manager", mlb.com, December 1, 2017. [4]
  • Bryan Hoch: "Boone: 'Amazing opportunity' ahead with Yanks: 2003 ALCS hero introduced as franchise's 33rd manager", December 6, 2017. [5]
  • Richard Justice: "Boone has traits to be stellar skipper for Yanks: Third-generation Major Leaguer has shown resilience, professionalism throughout career", mlb.com, December 2, 2017. [6]
  • Mike Lupica: "Boone embraces pressure of leading Yankees: Rookie manager faces World Series-or-bust expectations", mlb.com, March7, 2018. [7]
  • Bob Nightengale: "Aaron Boone, new Yankees manager, won the hearts of New York", USA Today Sports, December 6, 2017. [8]

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