Aaron Boone has reportedly been named the New York Yankees next manager, according to the NY Daily News' Bill Madden.
After Rob Thomson and Carlos Beltran were informed that they were out of the running for the position, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported the Yankees chose between Boone and Hensley Meulens.
However, according to San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman and The Post's Joel Sherman, Meulens isn't leaving the Giants as their bench coach to be the next manager. That means Boone will enter his first season managing in the MLB next season.
Despite his inexperience in the role, he previously stated that he has been gearing up for this position for years.
"Obviously, experience is very valuable and should be a checkmark for somebody," Boone said. "But I would also say, in a way, I've been preparing for this job my entire life."
The 44-year-old Boone played only 54 games with the Yankees, but he is forever ingrained in New York's history after his 2003 ALCS Game 7 walkoff homer that sent the team to the World Series. After retiring in 2009, Boone joined ESPN as an analyst and he has been there ever since.
The Yankees managerial search has come to an end; a surprising one for me. To be honest, the entire process has been baffling.
I was all for the out of the box candidates and putting communication first, but remain confused as to why they did not speak to any of the organization's minor league staff. I was also fine with the lengthy process, figuring the Yankees would turn over every stone possible with no competition. I also suspected a second round of interviews would be warranted for such an important decision.
I was wrong on both counts.
Boone comes with a wealth of baseball experience -- a third generation MLB player along with his time in the analyst booth with ESPN -- but will the lack of actual coaching experience lead to early mistakes and/or indecision? How Boone translates his experience as a player and being around the game in various non-coaching capacities to running a club comes into question.
Finally, who will sit by Boone's side as the bench coach becomes extremely important. It is possible that Eric Wedge, who has 10 years of managing experience and interviewed for the job, would be an option. The Yankees could also tab Tony Pena, who has managerial experience and has been the Yanks' bench coach in the past. Ideally, whoever is named bench coach will have a multitude of managerial experience in order to aid Boone in getting up to speed with the day-to-day responsibilities.
Can Boone succeed? Absolutely, but I do expect there to be a significant learning curve.