Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, former Yankee and current ESPN television analyst Aaron Boone and former Yankee player Hensley Meulens, now bench coach with the Giants, also interviewed.
Since retiring from baseball in 2010, Boone has been an analyst for ESPN, appearing on Monday Night Baseball, Baseball Tonight, and most recently Sunday Night Baseball.
With reigning AL home run king Aaron Judge, power-hitting catcher Gary Sanchez, ace Luis Severino, a top-notch bullpen and ascendant young infielder Gleyber Torres all at his disposal, Boone should have the resources necessary to morph the Yankees into a perennial powerhouse once he gets acclimated to life on the bench.
More and more, managers are hired with little to no experience in the job.
As such, Cashman said that he was prepared to make his recommendation to managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, which turned out to be Boone. One of those men-Eric Wedge-had major league managerial experience. In Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, Boone broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the 11th inning and cracked a solo home run to left field off Tim Wakefield and helped send the Yankees to the World Series by beating the Boston Red Sox.
"I know what I would be signing up for", Boone said.
Boone's career with NY was brief.
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"I feel like I am the guy that can hopefully help these guys go to another level as players", Boone said after his November 17 interview.
"And I very much think that my job as manager would be to forge really strong relationships where these players understand that me and my staff are going to really care about them, that they're going to be able to trust us".
Two months ago, the Yankees were one game away from reaching the World Series. "That's part of the game and Major League sports".
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.
Cashman added: "He never expressed interest in any way, shape or form".
According to George King of the NY Daily News - Meulens and Boone are the favorites and Beltran has an outside shot.
Speaking earlier Friday, Cashman said he had consulted with Rodriguez about the candidates but said the former Yankee was not one of them. Beltran has only been retired a few weeks but I think not being out of the game too long would have benefitted him and the Yankees.