Aaron Boone is going from former New York Yankees postseason hero to New York Yankees manager. It's not the kind of hire you're used to seeing from the Yankees.
Boone did play for the Yankees in a short but memorable stint during his 13-year Major League Baseball career. All of the Boone's played in one or more MLB All-Star Games.
Boone is part of a three-generation baseball family.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. After his job interview, Boone said he grasped the demands.
On Friday morning, before the news leaked, Cashman was in Stamford, Connecticut, rehearsing for his annual rappelling down a building for charity.
The team interviewed six candidates total: recently retired outfielder Carlos Beltran; longtime Yankees coach Rob Thomson; former big league manager Eric Wedge; and Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward. No one knew that the recommendation would be Boone.
Cashman said he had grown concerned about Girardi's ability to connect with a young roster, and in Boone, he chose a candidate who has always been known as a skilled communicator.More news: Hand Over the Wu-Tang Album
He added, "We're looking for someone that has obviously the communication skills to manage people - vitally important". The Yankees, who in spring training, were picked to finish in fourth place and were considered a rebuilding team, ended up winning 91 games, knocked off the American League Champion Cleveland Indians and then took the eventual World Series Champion Houston Astros to a seventh game. Boone believes his brief experience as a Yankee player will help him as a manager.
"I understand what it is to be a Yankee", he said.
Of course, Red Sox fans remember Boone for his iconic walk-off homer to send the Yankees to the World Series in 2003. "Expectations are ramped up even more".
"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's been around the game his whole life, so even if it is his first managing, he's not some unknown just waltzing into NY. Every single blunder will become back-page fodder in the tabloids.
Fast forward to 14 years later and Boone will be once again donning the Yankee pinstripes as the manager and will be taking over a team loaded with talent.
Who's to say he can't?