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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/3/17

A look at what Boone brings to the table; some questions Boone will need to answer; Mark Teixeira praises Boone; a Hall of Fame case for Hideki Matsui

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New York Post | Joel Sherman: In case you’re just tuning in, former Yankee legend and now former ESPN analyst Aaron Boone is now the new manager of the Yankees. Cashman interviewed six candidates and he decided that Aaron would be a Boone to the organization. A lot of people have been wondering why they went with someone so inexperienced. According to Sherman, a lot of it has to do with his time as an ESPN analyst. Through that experience, Boone supposedly got the chance to learn the other organizations from top to bottom. It could have value going forward. Give this a read.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Regardless of his qualifications, or lack thereof, Boone will have some big shoes to fill. Joe Girardi was a pretty great manager and just came off of leading a rebuilding team to Game 7 of the ALCS. Girardi’s tenure is now over and Boone will have quite a few questions to answer as he steps into the managerial role. What is his favorite cheese? Does he like big bunts? Was it Girinder or Birardi? All the important questions.

New York Daily News | Peter Botte: A lot of former colleagues are currently in a Boone Swoone over his hiring. Former Yankee legend and Foul Territory with Mark Teixeira host Mark Teixeira had nothing but praise for his former ESPN buddy. When the position was available, Tex and a lot of people at ESPN thought that Boone would be a perfect fit as the new manager. Perhaps they were just looking to get rid of him, but I highly doubt it. Maybe.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Finally, in non-Boone news, Hideki Matsui. He currently works for the Yankees and will hopefully be helping to convince Shohei Ohtani to wear the pinstripes. Godzilla is also appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time. Sherman says that he should seriously be considered. He then goes into some ideas towards changing how the Hall operates. Then he lists his favorite cheese. Okay, maybe not.