A popular clubhouse presence during his playing career, Boone has been a television analyst since his retirement in 2009, giving him considerable exposure to the ocean of advanced statistics that have become vitally important in overseeing a big league game.
Owner Hal Steinbrenner said last month a lack of managing and coaching experience was a concern but not an insurmountable hurdle.
He propelled the team to victory in the 2003 American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox with a game seven series winning home run.
He added, "Certainly the expectations now will be ramped up even more after such a successful season and when you look at the roster that we're going to potentially have out there". His father Bob was a major league player until Aaron was a senior in high school and managed the Reds from 1995-97 and the Royals from 2001-03.
"I've been going to the ballpark since I was 3 and 4 years old, and in a way managing the game from a very young age".
During the interview process, Cashman consulted with Alex Rodriguez, but the former Yankee was not a candidate.
"He definitely recognizes how much it's changed over the last couple years, five years, 10 years, to where - especially with analytics these days, it's a different job", Aaron Boone said.
"It's a great place to work", Cashman said. Will Aaron Boone be able to take NY to the next step and bring home a 28th Commissioner's Trophy? Boone was one of six candidates to interview for the job, beating out a group that included Eric Wedge and Carlos Beltran.
Whatever their relationship with Girardi, those players helped the Yankees win the top AL wild card spot and make a deep playoff run, a rapid rise for a team that seemed to be in transition.
Boone was the fourth of the candidates to interview with the Yankees, going through about six hours of conversations at Yankee Stadium on November 17.
Thomson, who had spent 28 seasons in the Yankees' organization, most recently as the bench coach, is finalizing a deal to fill that role for the Philadelphia Phillies. "I know what I'd be signing up for". He didn't try to cover it up, " Bret Boone told the Seattle Times during an early spring training day in 2004, the day the Yankees released his younger brother.