Aaron Boone introduced as New York Yankees manager

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He said he has been "locked in to the game" since he was 3 years old watching his father Bob Boone play for the Philadelphia Phillies at Veterans Stadium. Cashman said he thinks he is the easiest GM to work with in the game, pointing out how the Yankees have only had two managers over the past 20 years and he has never fired coaches in season.

With the young talent the Yankees have in place, "I expect that we will have a very good run" Steinbrenner said of the next wave of Yankees title chases. "So sometimes I feel like there's the potential to be clouded because you like a guy or you want a guy to do so well and you're kind of hoping".

When the Yankees hired Aaron Boone to replace Joe Girardi, they wanted a new-age, modern manager.

To listen to Francesa's interview with A-Rod, in which he also gives his take on Boone and more, click on the audio player above. "And I'm really comfortable that me and my staff (which has yet to be named, except for pitching coach Larry Rothschild) will be a part of helping take the next step".

Boone signed a three-year contract through the 2020 season with a team option for 2021.

Boone and Cover got married in November 2002, a few months before the former third baseman joined the Yankees as a player. He has been in the booth as an analyst for ESPN since his retirement. He says "big league players are great at understanding who's for real or not".

Joe Torre (12 seasons) and Girardi (10) are the only others to manage the Yankees since 1996. "When we had the opportunity to speak with Aaron and share concepts and ideas, he was able to showcase a variety of traits that we believe will strongly benefit this franchise as we move forward, including an astute mind for the game and a progressive approach to evolving strategies", general manager Brian Cashman said in a statement.

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Boone is a complete rookie and he knows it - "As far as the in-game stuff, there's obviously going to be some stuff that I'm green at", he said today - so I figured they'd want a bench coach who has been there, done that. "We are very proud to be introducing someone we think will be a great asset to this organization".

And somehow, Cashman talked Hal Steinbrenner into the Boone hire after the Yankees' owner expressed his public concerns about naming someone without any previous managing experience.

"It was long, it was tough, it was so fun", Boone said. I was very much at peace waiting for the call to come down. "Then it was hyper-focused on going from how can we get the Yankees better".

Fans will remember his heroics in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS when he blasted a walk-off home run in the 11th inning, launching the Yankees into the World Series, which they eventually lost to the Marlins. Not a Hall of Famer by any stretch, but he was selected for an All-Star Game in 2003 and later that year hit one of the most famous postseason home runs in Major League Baseball history.

Boone, 44, is the 18th former Yankees player to manage the team and will wear No. 17. He is a third-generation major leaguer with his grandfather (Ray Boone), his father (Bob) and his brother (Bret).

There, he slipped on the No. 17 pinstripes - again.

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