New Yankees manager Aaron Boone's first job is winning respect of players


Boone very much sounded like he fit the description when he was asked to define success for his new job.

Five days after NY lost to Houston in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced October 26 that Girardi was not being offered a new contract after 10 seasons, the team's 27th World Series title in 2009 and a 910-710 regular-season record.

"It's certainly something that I'm known for in my baseball life, obviously, and in some way probably is a contributor to me being here today", he said.

Boone anticipates living in a NY suburb with his family. "Maybe that's the pilot in me", Steinbrenner said.

"We're chasing championships", Boone said at Yankee Stadium after being introduced as the 33rd manager in franchise history.

To listen to Francesa's interview with A-Rod, in which he also gives his take on Boone and more, click on the audio player above.

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. "I truly believe we have now in place, having not traded away the Judges and the Sanchezes and Severinos of the world, I really feel what we have up here now [in the majors] and what we got down below, we have a chance for a very good run and it is exciting". "I've already texted back and forth with him a little bit, I expect to meet up with him at some point in the next couple of weeks".

They're also a team that seems primed to add to its 27 World Series championships. He has been in the booth as an analyst for ESPN since his retirement. Steinbrenner said Cashman and the front office had "worked hard on scouting" Otani this past year and had done "a great job with the presentation we put together" for Otani's CAA representatives. "It is a long-term effort".

"Not a week goes by that I'm not reminded of how big the New York Yankees are or how big their reach are", Boone said.

Boone quickly learned his new prominence Friday, when news of his hiring became public while he was attending the Pac-12 football championship won by Southern California, the school he attended.

Cashman sounded like he would be patient with Boone.

Boone beat out a field of five other contenders, which included Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens, now-Phillies bench coach Rob Thomson, former manager Eric Wedge, Los Angeles Dodgers coach Chris Woodward and the just-retired Carlos Beltran.

"For some of the guys involved, it wasn't even close", Steinbrenner said.

And somehow, Cashman talked Hal Steinbrenner into the Boone hire after the Yankees' owner expressed his public concerns about naming someone without any previous managing experience.

"I understand the expectations", Boone said. That's part of it.

"When I get that kind of recommendation from my top people, I just didn't see the need", he said.