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Yankees hire Aaron Boone as manager

The former playoff hero is back in pinstripes.

Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5 Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

After trimming down their list of candidates throughout the day, the Yankees have decided on Aaron Boone as their new manager.

Boone was reportedly very impressive in his interview for the position, and was among five other candidates for the job, including Carlos Beltran, Rob Thomson and Hensley Meulens. The club informed Beltran and Thomson that they would be going in a different direction, and it ultimately was in the direction of the former Yankee third baseman.

Boone is already a part of Yankee history given his heroics in the 2003 ALCS. Despite being the proud owner of one of the biggest home runs in team history, Boone returns to the Bronx with no managerial experience as he prepares to lead a team with enormous expectations heading into the 2018 season.

The 44-year-old played in the majors from 1997-2009 before heading up to the broadcast booth as an analyst for ESPN. He takes the place of former Yankee manager Joe Girardi, who had held the position since 2008.