NEW YORK – Former Billings Mustang Aaron Boone will be named the next manager of the New York Yankees, according to reports Friday night, despite having zero previous managerial experience at any level.
Boone was chosen out of six interviews Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman held. The former third baseman lives in team lore after hitting a walk-off home run in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS to beat the rival Boston Red Sox.
Boone, who played a full year in Billings in 1994, is just the second Mustang to become a Major League manager. Don Wakamatsu played for the Mustangs in 1985 and was the Seattle Mariners manager for two seasons from 2009-10.
Boone takes over for Joe Girardi, who was let go after a Game 7 ALCS loss this season. Girardi managed the Yankees for 10 years, including a World Series championship season in 2009.