Aaron Boone has already helped the Yankees to one World Series, and the organization has apparently decided he is the right man to lead them to another in the near future.
Boone will be named the team’s next manager, multiple media outlets reported Friday night.
Boone, who starred at Villa Park High before a 12-year career in the major leagues, has been an ESPN baseball analyst since 2010. He has never managed or coached at any level.
The Yankees’ decision to replace Joe Girardi ultimately came down to Boone and San Francisco Giants bench coach Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens.
The team interviewed six candidates total: recently retired outfielder Carlos Beltran; longtime Yankees coach Rob Thomson; former big league manager Eric Wedge; and Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward.
Boone, 44, is best known for his Game 7-winning home run in the 2003 AL Championship Series that extended the Red Sox’s curse and sent the Yankees to the World Series.
He was a big league third baseman from 1997-2009 and was an All-Star in 2003, when New York acquired him from the Cincinnati Reds at the trade deadline. He tore a knee ligament during a pickup basketball game in the offseason after his home run off Boston’s Tim Wakefield and was released by New York, which replaced him by acquiring Alex Rodriguez.
In his conference call with the news media following his interview, Boone outlined his conversation with the Yankees, which he said centered around his stance and background in analytics and his communication style with players. Boone said he didn’t think his lack of managerial experience would be a deterrent.
“Obviously, experience is…