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David Ortiz on Aaron Boone hiring: 'It's surprising'

Rob Bradford
December 02, 2017 - 1:28 pm

LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic -- At the time he sent the participants in the David Ortiz Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament on their way for Saturday's 18 holes, the former Red Sox slugger still hadn't heard the news.

"Aaron Boone from ESPN?"

Ortiz was just told that former New York third baseman, and now former ESPN analyst, Aaron Boone was slated to become manager of the Yankees.

What surprised Ortiz the most wasn't so much that a candidate with no coaching or managing experience had been hired to lead a big league club. That has happened before. What was somewhat shocking to the host of this weekend's charity event -- (benefitting the David Ortiz Children's Fund) -- was that it was being done in a place like New York.

"I guess that's the new thing in baseball," Ortiz told "But I don't know, this is not an easy thing to do, managing, especially a team like the Yankees or Red Sox. There are different markets in baseball, and I don't think it's the easiest thing to do. Managing those teams aren't like managing teams in the small markets where you can get away with a losing season or stuff like that. Let's see how it plays out."

Boone is becoming the first person hired by the Yankees to become their manager with no previous coaching or managing experience since Bill Dickey back in 1946.

While the Red Sox did just hire Alex Cora without any previous stints as a manager, he had served as a big league bench coach with the Astros last season.

The 44-year-old Boone jumped right into broadcasting after the conclusion of his career as a major leaguer in 2009.

"It's surprising," added Ortiz. "But you know what, that's the new thing with baseball. Sabermetrics have changed older guys becoming managers. They want to keep with younger guys so they can keep up with the numbers and all the tracking, and the relationships with the younger players. Everyone is in their 20's right now so that's something that matters. Teams are worried about that."

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