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Yankees reportedly tap Boone as new manager

AFP, NEW YORK

Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees celebrates his home run off Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield during Game 7 of the American League Championship Series in New York on Oct. 16, 2003.

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The New York Yankees have selected former star player Aaron Boone to replace Joe Girardi as manager, US media reported on Friday.

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

Boone, 44, has no managerial or coaching experience since retiring as a player after the 2009 season. He spent most of his 12-year MLB career with the Cincinnati Reds.

He has been working as a television commentator with ESPN.

However, he has ties to the club, having hit the walk-off home run in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox in 2003.

The Yankees’ search for a manager has taken more than a month.

Girardi was let go on Oct. 26 after a decade at the helm following the team’s narrow failure to advance to the World Series.

In a conference call with reporters on Nov. 17, after his interview with the Yankees, Boone said he would relish the high-pressure job of managing the storied franchise.

“I know what I would be signing up for,” Boone said. “I think that’s something that many of us relish — the opportunity to have something on the line and a lot at stake is, I think, something that makes you want to go after it.”

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