No experience, no problem? Aaron Boone, who interviewed on Friday, better hope so if he wants to become the Yankees' next manager.
As the Yankees seek to replace long-time manager Joe Girardi, the club has interviewed a 28-year organizational man Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge, who possesses 10 years of MLB managerial experience, and Hensley Meulens, who has been coaching for over a decade. Boone, a former Yankees third baseman, who has zero coaching experience, let alone time as a manager, might seem to be at a disadvantage when compared to his competition.
Lucky for Boone, his inexperience doesn't seem to be an issue for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.
Boone owns a spot in Yankee lore for hitting a dramatic 11th-inning walk-off home run in Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox. Boone played in just 54 regular season games in pinstripes, and after getting injured in the subsequent offseason playing basketball, his tenure in the Bronx was terminated.
Boone wore five other MLB uniforms and played in 1,152 games across his 12 seasons in the big leagues. He owned a career .751 OPS and was a 2003 All-Star with the Reds before being traded to the Yankees.
Boone's playing experience certainly has some value, but what does the rest of his resume contain? A good deal of subjectivity.
Since Boone's retirement after the 2009 season, he has spent the last eight years as an analyst for ESPN both in the booth (most recently on their Sunday Night Baseball telecasts) as well as on the network's Baseball Tonight series. During his time with ESPN, Boone can claim to have witnessed the changes in the game as closely as anyone who may have coaching experience. He might stress that he is well aware of the need to utilize analytics in the game -- one of the requirements set forth by Cashman.
There could be an argument that Boone is a "baseball lifer," so he should understand how to navigate it easily. His father, Bob, and grandfather, Ray, were both major leaguers, while his brother Bret played for 15 years, some of which overlapped with Aaron. As with broadcasting, there is no way to quantify the time Boone spent on a baseball diamond and in the clubhouse before he was gracing them as a major leaguer into evidence concerning how he would act as a manager of a major league team.
Understanding that the new wave has often suggested otherwise, if all things are equal, the individual that owns even a small amount of coaching experience should have an edge over Boone. The tangible work that a coach performs cannot be replicated as a player, broadcast analyst, or a bystander while one's father played at the major league level.
As with the other candidates, Boone could demonstrate a characteristic that Cashman is looking for, but it does not necessarily have to lead to being selected as the Yankees next skipper. In the end, Boone's lack of on-field coaching experience would seemingly leave him short against the others vying to file the managerial role.