Aaron Boone introduced as New York Yankees manager

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"Maybe that's the pilot in me", Steinbrenner said.

Five days after NY lost to Houston in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced October 26 that Girardi was not being offered a new contract after 10 seasons, the team's 27th World Series title in 2009 and a 910-710 regular-season record.

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. "I'm really comfortable that me and my staff will be part of this team taking the next step".

Of course, Hinch was sacked the next season by the D'backs, and that experience helped form him into a better manager - with a better team - by this past season, winning a world championship with the Astros in his third full year at Houston's helm.

How's that for pressure on Boone, who has never managed or coached previously on any pro level?

The Yankees felt that Girardi did not connect well enough with the players in the team's clubhouse, which was the main reason they let him go. The difference with Girardi, however, is that he spent a season as a bench coach with Joe Torre in 2005 before accepting his first managerial position with the Florida Marlins in 2006.

General manager Brian Cashman introduced Boone to the NY media on Wednesday.

"He took a chance on me back in 1998, and here I am 20 years later", Cashman said. "We are very proud to be introducing someone we think will be a great asset to this organization".

"It was long, it was tough, it was so fun", Boone said.

"You at least have to think about it if I was approached about it", the former Yankees star told WFAN's Mike Francesa on Wednesday.

"When I get that kind of recommendation from my top people, I just didn't see the need", he said. "Because to lead the greatest franchise in the world with the game that I love so much, I probably would've thought about it for sure".

Aaron Boone was pulling into the driveway of his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, last Thursday, bringing 8-year-old daughter Bella home from school so his wife could drive her to a dance lesson, and he noticed a missed call from Brian Cashman. "Then it was hyper-focused on going from how can we get the Yankees better".

As a player, Boone helped the Yankees reach the 2003 World Series with a walk-off home run in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series against the Red Sox.

Boone freely admits that the home run "probably added to my appeal initially when I retired, " getting an analyst job with ESPN nearly instantly after he retired from playing in 2009.

The 33rd manager of the New York Yankees will wear number 17.

Boone was a major-league infielder for 12 seasons. "But, again, when you talk about Yankees and pinstripes ..."

"Certainly the most important thing is going to be my relationship with players", Boone said. You react hopefully in a chronological way and that's the same process we go through every off-season.