Aaron Boone

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Aaron Boone
Aaron Boone.jpg
Boone with the Washington Nationals
New York Yankees – No. 17
Third baseman / Manager
Born: (1973-03-09) March 9, 1973 (age 45)
La Mesa, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 20, 1997, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 2009, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
Batting average .263
Home runs 126
Runs batted in 555
Managerial record 100–62
Winning % .617

As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards

Aaron John Boone (born March 9, 1973) is an American former professional baseball infielder, broadcaster, and current manager of the New York Yankees. He is the son of Bob Boone, grandson of Ray Boone, and the brother of Bret Boone. He played in MLB for the Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals, and Houston Astros from 1997 through 2009.

Boone was an All-Star in 2003, and hit a series-winning walk-off home run in the 2003 American League Championship Series. From 2010 to 2017, Boone was employed by ESPN as a game analyst and was a color commentator for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball coverage, as well as a contributor to Baseball Tonight. In December 2017, the Yankees hired Boone to become the 33rd manager in franchise history.

Amateur career[edit]

Boone attended Villa Park High School in Villa Park, California. He batted .423 with 22 stolen bases for the school's baseball team in his senior year, and was named the Century League's co-player of the year. The California Angels selected Boone on the third day of the 1991 MLB draft, but he had no intention to sign a professional contract.[1] He attended the University of Southern California (USC) and played college baseball for the USC Trojans. In 1993, he played collegiate summer baseball for the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod Baseball League, and Orleans won the league's championship.[2][3]

Professional career[edit]

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

The Cincinnati Reds selected Boone in the third round of the 1994 MLB draft.[4] Boone made his MLB debut in June 1997,[5] and was ejected from the game after being called out sliding into home.[6][7] On the last day of the 1998 season, the Reds started the only MLB infield composed of two sets of brothers: first baseman Stephen Larkin, second baseman Bret Boone, shortstop Barry Larkin, and third baseman Aaron Boone.[8][9]

On September 22, 2002, Boone hit the last home run in Riverfront Stadium in the eighth inning, a solo home run off Dan Plesac.[citation needed] Boone hit a career-high 26 home runs in 2002, playing in all 162 games. The Reds named Boone their team's most valuable player award. He appeared in the 2003 MLB All-Star Game.[10]

New York Yankees[edit]

The New York Yankees acquired Boone from the Reds for Brandon Claussen, Charlie Manning and cash on July 31, 2003.[11] In 54 games after the trade, he hit .254 with a .720 OPS, six home runs and 31 RBIs.[12]

During Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series (ALCS), Boone hit a walk-off home run in the 11th inning, off of Tim Wakefield, which gave the New York Yankees a 6–5 victory over the Boston Red Sox, thus prolonging the Curse of the Bambino. The New York Daily News dubbed the play the "Curse of the Boonebino".[13] This home run was rated the ninth-best home run of all time on Baseball Tonight.[14]

In January 2004, Boone tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a pick-up basketball game, played in violation of his contract with the Yankees.[15][16] The Yankees released Boone on February 27, 2004.[12]

Cleveland Indians[edit]

Boone signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Indians in June 2004. He earned $600,000 for 2004, $3 million for the 2005 season, and a club option for the 2006 season worth $4.5 million.[17] After missing the entire 2004 season, Boone played 154 games in 2005. He batted .243 with 16 home runs and 60 RBIs.[18] The Indians exercised an option on Boone's contract for the 2006 season.[19] In his second season with Cleveland, he batted .251 with seven home runs.[20]

Later career[edit]

Boone with the Marlins

On December 29, 2006, Boone signed a one-year contract with the Florida Marlins worth $925,000.[20][21] He batted .286 in 69 games for the Marlins in 2007.[22]

On December 6, 2007, Boone signed a one-year, $1,000,000 contract with the Washington Nationals.[23]

On December 18, 2008, Boone signed a one-year $750,000, plus incentives, deal with the Houston Astros.[24]

In March 2009, Boone underwent open-heart surgery to replace a bicuspid aortic valve, a condition that he has been aware of since childhood but which routine tests indicated had recently worsened. Boone stated that doctors told him he could play baseball when he recovers, but he was not sure if he would choose to do so.[25][26][27] Boone returned to baseball on August 10, when he began his rehabilitation with the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Astros' Double-A minor league affiliate. He played five innings and was hitless in two plate appearances. Boone stated after the game that his goal was to return to the major leagues by September 1, the date that major league rosters expand.[28] Boone was activated on September 1, and added to the Astros' expanded roster.[29] On September 2, Boone made his season debut, playing at first base and going 0 for 3.[30] On September 16, Boone stated that he was leaning towards retirement, and on October 4 he played his last game.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Boone served as a guest analyst for the MLB Network coverage of the 2009 ALCS between the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

On February 23, 2010, Boone announced his retirement and that he would become an analyst for ESPN.[31] Boone appeared on Monday Night Baseball and for Baseball Tonight's pregame show on Sunday night.[32] Boone called the 2014 and 2015 World Series for ESPN Radio with play-by-play announcer Dan Shulman.[33] He and Jessica Mendoza became color commentators on Sunday Night Baseball with Shulman in 2016.[32] Boone and Shulman continued to call World Series games for ESPN Radio through 2017.[34]

Managing career[edit]

New York Yankees[edit]

2018 season[edit]

After the 2017 season, the Yankees decided not to retain Joe Girardi as their manager. The Yankees hired Boone to succeed him on December 4, 2017.[35][36][37] The Yankees started the 2018 season with a 6–1 win against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 29, 2018.[38] On September 2, 2018, Boone was suspended for one game for making illegal contact with an umpire.[39] He finished his first season with a 100-62 record,[40] good for second in the American League East,[40] and led the Yankees to the wild card game against the Oakland Athletics, despite losing Aaron Judge for two months with a wrist injury. On October 3, 2018, the Yankees defeated the Athletics 7-2 to advance to the American League Division Series,[41] giving Boone his first postseason win as a manager. After a strong Post Season start, on October 8th, 2018, the Yankees suffered one of the most humiliating losses in franchise history as the Boston Red Sox defeated them by a score of 16-1.[42] The Boston Red Sox eliminated the New York Yankees three–games–to–one in the American League Division Series.[43]

Managerial record[edit]

As of October 9, 2018
Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
G W L Win % G W L Win %
New York Yankees 2018 present 162 100 62 .617 5 2 3 .400

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of former catcher and manager Bob Boone, the brother of All Star and winner of four gold gloves, Bret Boone, the brother of former Cincinnati Reds minor leaguer, Matt Boone and the grandson of former major leaguer Ray Boone. He is a descendant of pioneer Daniel Boone. As children, Aaron and Bret spent time in the Phillies clubhouse with fellow sons of other major league players, including Pete Rose Jr.[44]

Boone's wife, Laura Cover, was a Playboy Playmate (Miss October 1998). Boone lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.[45][46] Boone and Cover have four children; two biological children and two adopted.[47]

See also[edit]


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