Aaron Boone has reportedly emerged as another candidate to fill the Yankees' managerial vacancy, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.
The former Yankee is most famous in pinstripes for his walkoff home run against the Red Sox in the 11th inning of game 7 to send the Yankees to the 2003 World Series. That was his only season in the Bronx amid a 15 year Major League career.
Boone is currently a studio anylst for ESPN.
Yankees' bench coach Rob Thomson has already interviewed for the job.
Maybe there are, in fact, 20 or 25 people on Brian Cashman's list to replace Joe Girardi.
Boone's name was rumored before, but now it seems like he may be speaking with Cashman soon enough. I would put Boone into the same category as David Cone and John Flaherty in so far as their ability to talk baseball as television analysts with MLB playing experience. We can only tell how well they would perform as a manager based on what they convey on the camera.
Boone obviously understands analytics, but how much he embraces them and could put them into action as a manager is a mystery. As for his ability to effectively communicate with players as a manager would also be different than how he may do so while on the set. These are the things Cashman would have to try to determine in the interview.
All that said, the reason why Cashman has expanded the net as wide as we've been told is to gather as many personalities and baseball minds as possible in an effort to hone in on the one he believes will lead the Yankees to their next World Series title.