ESPN baseball commentator Aaron Boone has been named manager of the New York Yankees, the club said Monday.
The 44-year old former MLB all-star third baseman will take over the position formerly held by Joe Giraldi. Boone, who last played in 2009, joined ESPN in 2010 serving as an ESPN MLB commentator. Most recently, Boone had served as an analyst on Sunday Night Baseball, according to ESPN.
Boone, who has no prior managerial experience, played 12 seasons for six seasons, including the Yankees in 2003. Boone’s walk-off home run in Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox sent the Yankees to the World Series.
“Words cannot express how humbled I am to wear the pinstripes again as the manager of the Yankees,” said Boone in a statement. “I want to thank the Steinbrenner family and Brian Cashman for entrusting me with this tremendous honor and responsibility. I believe we are entering into a special time in New York Yankees history, and I am so excited to be a part of it. I can't wait to get to work – and that work starts now.”