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One thing Boone does seem to have in spades is the personality to both deal with a relatively young Yankees team and thrive in the spotlight of the NY media.

ESPN's Buster Olney confirmed the hire. According to insiders it was down to the 44-year-old ESPN baseball analyst and San Francisco Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens, 63, for the big gig, even though neither had the experience at the helm of a MLB team.

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Meulens was the other finalist for the job.

Boone has baseball in his blood; his father was Bob Boone, who was also a former player and manager, and his brother was Bret Boone, a former All Star infielder. "And then growing up where my dad was in the big leagues from the time I was born to the time I was in a senior in high school and being around great teams, great players, I've kind of lived this game as a kid".

Having played a half-season in pinstripes, Boone believes he understands "what it is to be a Yankee, " and the "expectations that go with it, and certainly the expectations now that will be ramped up even more after such a successful season".

"At the end of the day, we're going to do things that are going to be best for the Yankees, " Boone said two weeks ago.

"He definitely recognizes how much it's changed over the last couple years, five years, 10 years, to where - especially with analytics these days, it's a different job", Aaron Boone said. He injured his left knee while playing basketball during the following offseason, setting off a sequence of events that led to the Yankees' February 2004 trade for Alex Rodriguez.

"I feel like I am the guy that can hopefully help these guys go to another level as players", Boone said after his November 17 interview. There will be no second round of interviews, as Cashman is ready to make his recommendation to ownership. "That's part of the game and Major League sports". But Aaron Boone is getting the New York Yankees managing job as his first time job. "I looked for a lot of guidance from a lot of people that I have respect for, and Alex knows baseball as well as anybody".

Girardi and the Yankees parted ways after he completed the final season of a four-year, $16 million contract in October, his final game a Game 7 ALCS loss to the Houston Astros.

The New York Daily News was first to report Boone's hiring.

But no one - Cashman included - has any idea how the 2003 postseason hero will handle the pressures of this job. Beltran has only been retired a few weeks but I think not being out of the game too long would have benefitted him and the Yankees.