Getting To Know the Manager and Coaches – Aaron Boone
by Paul Semendinger
March 3, 2021
It is amazing to think that Aaron Boone is entering his fourth season as the Yankees’ manager.
What follows are some interesting, fun, and random facts, etc. regarding Aaron Boone:.
Aaron Boone is the 33rd Manager in the history of the Yankees
Amazingly, in the long history of the team, Boone is already 12th all-time in games managed. He has managed 384 games.
Assuming he managed the entire season of 162 games, Aaron Boone will jump into the top-10 all-time in games managed. He will surpass Lou Piniella (417 games) and Bill Donovan (465 games). Next up, assuming Boone returns in 2022, will be Buck Showalter (582).
Clark Griffith (807) stands another year beyond 2022.
Only one other Yankees manager, Ralph Houk, from 1961-63, took the team to the post season in each of his first three years as a Major League Manager. Houk, of course, had two World Series wins.
18 Yankees mangers also played for the team. Can you name them? (See end of the post)
As a player, Aaron Boone had a .271 career batting average. As a Yankee, he batted .254 in 54 games in 2003.
His home run in the 2003 ALCS, sent the Yankees to the World Series. He also homered against Florida in the 2003 World Series.
He also played for the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals, and Houston Astros.
2003 was Aaron Boone’s only season when he appeared as an All-Star (for the Reds), He went 0-for-1 in the game.
As a player, he and his brother Brett, each hit over 100 big league home runs. Only nine bother sets have ever done that – many with ties to the Yankees: Bob Meusel and Irish Meusel; Joe DiMaggio and Vince DiMaggio; Clete Boyer and Ken Boyer: and Stephen Drew and J.D. Drew. Of note, Jose Molina was a Yankee, but he didn’t hit 100 homers, but two of his brothers, Bengie and Yadier did. Roberto and Sandy Alomar, Jr. also both hit 100 home runs. Their dad, Sandy Alomar, played for the Yankees as well.
In March 2009, Aaron Boone has open heart surgery. He returned to player later that season – the first player to ever play after having open heart surgery.
YANKEES MANAGERS WHO ALSO PLAYED AS A YANKEE