Aaron Bleeping Boone is the man for the Yankees

Shohei Otani

"I know what I would be signing up for", Boone said.

In a conference call with reporters on November 17, after his interview with the Yankees, Boone said he would relish the high-pressure job of managing the storied franchise. That last part might be one of the main differences between Boone and the man he replaces, Joe Girardi, though we won't know for sure until he start managing some games.

The New York Daily News, one of several outlets reporting the move, said Yankees officials were attracted to Boone's "polish".

Just a day after it was announced that Herm Edwards was next up to be the head coach of Arizona State's football team, we have learned that Aaron Boone will be leaving The Worldwide Leader to go manage the most storied franchise in all of sports (probably), the New York Yankees.

While the Yankees are most certainly taking a risk in hiring a manager with no experience, Boone believes he can handle the job. And it's I think now more than ever more of a partnership from front office to manager.

"I would say in a way I've been preparing for this job for the last 44 years", Boone said after interviewing for the job in mid-November, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com).

Personally, if the Yankees were going to pick a manager with no experience, I would have preferred Carlos Beltran.

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Boone's time with the Yankees as a player wasn't very long; he broke his leg playing a pickup game of basketball; an injury that led to the trade of Alex Rodriguez in February of 2004.

Boone said on November 17 that he believes his brief time with the Yankees will help him prepare for the challenges of managing in the NY spotlight.

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"It's just understanding what it is to be a Yankee, what it is to play here and just understanding the expectations that go with it", Boone said.

Whatever their relationship with Girardi, those players helped the Yankees win the top AL wild card spot and make a deep playoff run, a rapid rise for a team that seemed to be in transition.

Thomson, who had spent 28 seasons in the Yankees' organization, most recently as the bench coach, is finalizing a deal to fill that role for the Philadelphia Phillies.

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