Report: New York Yankees name former Cincinnati Red Aaron Boone manager

10:12 p.m Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 Sports
FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2003, file photo, New York Yankees' Aaron Boone, center, celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the 11th inning to beat the Boston Red Sox in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series in New York. Boone became the first person with no experience as a manager of coach to interview to become Joe Girardi's successor with the New York Yankees. The 44-year-old interviewed Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, becoming the fourth to go through the process after Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, former Cleveland and Seattle manager Eric Wedge, and San Francisco bench coach Hensley Meulens. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File) ORG XMIT: NY184

Aaron Boone loved playing third base for the Cincinnati Reds. He came through the Reds minor league system. He wrote the foreward to Dayton Daily News Reds writer Hal McCoy’s book “The Real McCoy,” and the day he was traded to the the Yankees in 2003, he was emotionally overcome to the point he could barely speak. 

Three months later, he was a part of baseball and Yankee lore, taking Red Sox reliever Tim Wakefield over the fence for a ALCS Game 7-winning home run that put the Yankees in the World Series. One of the Reds all-time favorites was a part of baseball history; now he’s taking the job as manager of the biggest franchise in baseball.

Hall of Fame baseball writer Hal McCoy will be honored at the “Living Legends of the Dayton Daily News Archives” event on Nov. 17 at Wright State University. Here are some of his career highlights.

According to the Associated Press, Boone will manage the Yankees. He’s never been a manager or coach at any level. After retiring in 2009, he joined ESPN as an in-studio analyst before doing color commentator on games. 

He beat six other candidates for the job - Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, former Cleveland and Seattle manager Eric Wedge, San Francisco bench coach Hensley Meulens; Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward and former Yankee outfielder Carlos Beltran.