Aaron Boone hit one of the New York Yankees’ most famous home runs and has been an analyst on Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN the last two season. He is now amongst the list of candidates to become the next manager of the Yankees, said sources with the organization.
Boone, who is 44, joined the Yankees during the 2003 season and ended the American League Championship Series with a Game 7 home run against Boston. He planned to return in 2004 as the starting third baseman for the team, but injured his knee during a basketball game, and his absence eventually led to New York acquiring Alex Rodriguez.
The past three Boone generations have played in major league baseball. Ray Boone, Aaron’s grandfather, father Bob and both Aaron and Bret, his brother. Aaron has not managed before but has spoken about his interest in doing so. His father Bob was a manager in the majors for six seasons with the Kansas City Royals and Cincinnati Reds.
New York has interviewed Rob Thomson this week. Thomson, who is 54, has spent the last 28 seasons with the Yankees organization including 10 years as coach on Joe Girardi’s staff, but was not retained.
Former Seattle and Cleveland manager Eric Wedge also interviewed with the Yankees for the job.
After playing in the minors for Detroit between 1985 and 1988, Thomson was hired by New York in 1990 as the third base coach for Class A Fort Lauderdale. He has moved up steadily since until he spent 10 years with Girardi.
Wedge managed in the minor league system for Cleveland in 1998 and in 2003 moved up to become the Indians manager. He won the AL Manager of the Year during 2007, when the teams won the AL Central.
Cleveland fired Wedge in 2009 and he became the manager of the Mariners in 2011. He managed three seasons with Seattle going 213-273.
Following time as an analyst on ESPN in both 2014 and 2015, Wedge has been a player development adviser for Toronto.
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has not said the number of people that he is planning to interview or the timetable he has for hiring a new manager.
Former pitcher David Cone as well as John Flaherty, two analysts for the YES Network that is the Yankees’ said they would be interested in the job.