Boone knows he has to convince Yanks players he can do job

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"I appreciate it now", Boone said of the dinger in his introductory press conference Wednesday.

The home run was currency. Boone tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a pickup basketball game in January 2004 and was released by the Yankees, who claimed he violated a prohibition against basketball in the guarantee language of his contract. He was benched by Joe Torre against starter Pedro Martinez in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS in favor of Enrique Wilson, then entered as a pinch runner. It didn't matter that Boone was a late-game sub in Game 7.

Boone becomes the 17th of 30 managers working his first major league managing job and just the third with no previous managing or coaching experience at any level, joining Mike Matheny of St. Louis and Craig Counsell of Milwaukee.

Another potential impact player in the majors that Boone will not manage is the "Japanese Babe Ruth" - two-way star Shohei Otani - since the Yankees got dropped from Otani's list of teams he will consider signing with after being posted by the Nippon Ham Fighters Friday. In 54 regular-season games with the Yankees, Boone hit.254 with six homers, 31 RBIs and 31 runs scored.

Boone will uniform 17, his number with Cincinnati and Cleveland; pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has the No. 19 jersey Boone wore with the Yankees in 2003.

"I think in short order I'll be able to earn that respect, that they'll be able to look at me, trust in me, know that I have their interest at heart, but know that hopefully I know what the heck I'm talking about", he said. Alex Rodriguez is now dating Jennifer Lopez, but the former third baseman was in a relationship with ex-wrestler and Playboy cover girl Torrie Wilson when he was on the Yankees. "It was nearly unanimous, by a lot". The guy Boone is replacing, Joe Girardi, did the same thing. There was no need for a second meeting in Tampa when the internal debate was between who was a better second or third choice candidate.

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He has an easy manner, secure in himself and his instincts about the game and about fostering relationships. "He knows the NY market, he knows the fans, he knows their expectations".

He's not taking over the situation his friend A.J. Hinch did, late in the 2014 season, when the Astros were a team of promise going through some hard growing pains on the way to a world championship in 2017. "And he gave me the opportunity of a lifetime", said Cashman.

And Cashman identified Boone, unproven as he is, as an essential final puzzle piece.

Cashman's his fresh-from-the-booth manager will be afforded a win-now club, one stocked with impressive young talent, with more on the way.

"This is a special day for me and my family", said Boone, who was accompanied on stage by his wife Laura. "And I'm really comfortable that me and my staff (which has yet to be named, except for pitching coach Larry Rothschild) will be a part of helping take the next step". Beltran has been taking young players under his wing for years and it's no surprise the Yankees want him around. "For a long time, I kind of distanced myself from it because we lost the World Series. That's ingrained in my head".

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