NEW YORK: Aaron Boone called his new job as manager of the New York Yankees “the chance of a lifetime” as the fabled franchise formally introduced him on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).
“We’re chasing championships,” Boone said at Yankee Stadium after being introduced as the 33rd manager in Yankees history.
He said he has been “locked in to the game” since he was three years old, watching his father Bob Boone play for the Philadelphia Phillies at Veterans Stadium.
“This is a special day for me and my family,” said Boone, who was accompanied on stage by his wife Laura. “I want to thank the Steinbrenner family for entrusting me with this position. It feels like the chance of a lifetime for me.
“Obviously, this is a team with loads of talent, a team that in many ways came of age this year and arrived. I’m really comfortable that me and my staff will be part of this team taking the next step.”
Boone inked a three-year contract through the 2020 season with a team option for 2021. He’s the 18th Yankees manager who also once played for the club and hit one of the most famous home runs in Yankees history in the team’s 2003 AL Championship Series win over the Boston Red Sox.
The 44-year-old has never been a manager at any level since he retired after the 2009 season.
He replaces Joe Girardi, who was fired on October 26 — shortly after the Yankees fell one victory shy of advancing to the World Series by losing Game Seven of the American League Championship Series to the Houston Astros.
Joe Torre (12 seasons) and Girardi (10) are the only others to manage the Yankees since 1996.