NEW YORK -- Having never managed or coached at any level, Aaron Boone believes his provenance prepared him to lead the New York Yankees.

"I would say in a way I've been preparing for this job for the last 44 years," Boone said Friday after becoming the fourth person to interview for the job that opened when Joe Girardi was let go Oct. 26.

Boone's grandfather, Ray, was a two-time All-Star infielder from 1948-60. His father, Bob, was a four-time All-Star catcher from 1972-90, then managed the Kansas City Royals from 1995-97 and Cincinnati Reds from 2001-03.

Aaron Boone was a big league third baseman from 1997-2009 and was an All-Star in 2003, when New York acquired him from the Reds at the trade deadline. His 11th-inning home run off Boston's Tim Wakefield won Game 7 of the American League Championship Series for the Yankees, but he tore a knee ligament during a pickup basketball game during the offseason and was released by New York, which replaced him by acquiring Alex Rodriguez.

Asked this week whether A-Rod would be considered to manage the Yankees, owner Hal Steinbrenner said "my concern about a candidate like that would just be the lack of managerial experience but even more important coaching experiences of any kind. Presidential candidates normally are senators or governors."

Boone doesn't see it as a hurdle.

"Obviously experience is very valuable and should be a check mark for somebody," he said. "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. And then growing up where my dad was in the big leagues from the time I was born to the time I was in a senior in high school and being around great teams, great players, I've kind of lived this game as a kid."


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Hensley MeulensKirby Lee/Image of Sport/USA TODAY SportsHensley Meulens, who played five major league seasons with the Yankees, has spent the past eight seasons as a coach with the San Francisco Giants.

Hensley Meulens thinks he has the communication skills the New York Yankees want in their next manager, and he can display his prowess in five languages.

A former Yankees player and current San Francisco Giants bench coach, Meulens was born in Curacao and speaks English, Spanish, Japanese, Dutch and Papiamento.

"Believe it or not, you kind of find yourself using them more than you think, especially nowadays. There is a big percentage of Latin players in the game, and they keep coming from all angles," he said Thursday after becoming the third candidate to interview with general manager Brian Cashman and his staff.

Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson and former Cleveland and Seattle manager Eric Wedge interviewed last week with the Yankees for the chance to succeed Joe Girardi, who had the job for a decade.


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Kim Klement/USA TODAY SportsJurickson Profar will be due a raise via arbitration this offseason.

The Yankees are reportedly among many teams to have checked in with the Rangers regarding former top prospect Jurickson Profar.
Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesJose Altuve and Aaron Judge both gave fans a baseball season to remember.

One is a 5-foot-6 hit machine. The other a giant slugger in pinstripes. Together, Aaron Judge and Jose Altuve provided a season that we won't forget.

Joe GirardiKevin Sousa/USA TODAY Sports"As I told [GM Brian Cashman], I wasn't following his recommendation: I agreed with it," Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said of the team's decision to fire manager Joe Girardi.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said Wednesday that the team's recent decision to fire manager Joe Girardi was a long time in coming.

Steinbrenner spoke to reporters in his first public comments since the club ended Girardi's 10-year tenure in the Bronx three weeks ago. Steinbrenner said he was in full accord with general manager Brian Cashman's decision to change managers -- even though Girardi led a young Yankees team to a wild-card berth and a first-round playoff upset of the Cleveland Indians.

"This was not a decision we took lightly, and not a decision that had to do with two to three weeks. It had to do with two to three years, and observing things and hearing things,'' Steinbrenner said at the MLB general managers meetings. "We felt it was time to move in a different direction.

"As I told Cash, I wasn't following his recommendation: I agreed with it. He and I have had these discussions for a considerable length of time, over and over again. This isn't something we just decided we wanted to sit down and do at the end of the season. We've had a lot of discussions through the years.''


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Heritage AuctionsDerek Jeter's scouting report, which predicted he would be a star, is going to auction.

The final Yankees scouting report of a high school player named Derek Jeter has hit the auction block.

The report, written by scout Dick Groch in April 1992 on the high school senior from Kalamazoo, Michigan, is being auctioned by Heritage Auctions. The initial bidding started Tuesday at $12,500.

"This could go for $40,000, $140,000 or more than $240,000," Chris Ivy of Heritage Auctions said. "It's just a one-of-kind item like when we sold Curt Schilling's bloody sock [for $92,613] or the bat shard Roger Clemens threw at Mike Piazza [in the 2000 World Series for $47,800]."

There isn't much precedent regarding the sale of scouting reports, as not many have hit the market -- certainly none as important as the Jeter document.

"Part of its value comes from the fact that it's obviously the Yankees report," Ivy said. "But it's also because what the scout wrote and how excited he clearly was."

In it, under the "summation and signability" section, Groch wrote "'A Yankee'! A five-tool player. Will be a ML All-Star! +5!!"

Under comments, Groch wrote "Blue Chip" and "A Yankee."

The Yankees drafted Jeter with the sixth overall pick a few months later.

Groch said he started following Jeter the year before.

"People tell me you signed a good player," Groch wrote in a letter to the auction house. "No. I tell them I signed a franchise."

Jeter played his entire 20-year career with the Yankees, leading the team to five World Series titles. The team retired his No. 2 last season.


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Lou Gehrig's bat from last 2 homers up for auction

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NEW YORK -- The bat Lou Gehrig used to hit his last two home runs, in an exhibition game in 1939, is being auctioned off again.

Once owned by actor Kurt Russell's family, the bat is part of a Yankees Legends offering by Heritage Auctions. The entire collection is from one owner and has mostly of Yankees-related memorabilia, including a bat used by Roger Maris in the 1961 season when he hit a then-record 61 homer. There's also a glove used by Mickey Mantle in 1965 and signed baseballs from various Yankees championship teams.

The online auction opened Tuesday and closes on Dec. 10 at 11 p.m. EST. The collection, which can be viewed on Heritage's website, also includes a Babe Ruth bat from his rookie season with the Boston Red Sox in 1915, and a bat used by Ted Williams in the All-Star Game in 1960.


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Aaron JudgeAP Photo/Patrick Semansky

A year ago, Aaron Judge was considered more likely to be a bust than a future Rookie of the Year, MVP candidate and maybe even the new face of baseball.

In 2016, he struck out in half of his 84 at-bats. When the next spring training arrived, he had to win the right-field job over Aaron Hicks -- and nearly lost it.

But the New York Yankees gave him a shot, and, on Monday, he was named the American League Rookie of the Year.

On Thursday, maybe he'll be named MVP, too.

Judge hit a rookie-record 52 home runs and acted like Derek Jeter's understudy in how to handle fame in New York. Along the way, he put together a string of memorable moments.

March 30: Named the Yankees' starting right fielder

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Judge was losing the right-field job to Hicks halfway through the spring.

But by posting a .975 OPS, Judge ultimately won the case with the Yankees' hierarchy -- just days before Opening Day.

"Now, the real work starts," Judge said after getting the good news. "Now, I'm trying to keep it. It's great, but now I just have to go out there and work."

April 9: Hits his first home run of 2017

Through the first five games of the season, the concerns about Judge seemed well-founded. He was hitting .133 and had yet to go deep.

But, the Yankees down a run in the eighth inning at Camden Yards in Game 6, he smacked a solo homer off Orioles reliever Mychal Givens


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Aaron Judge unanimous pick as AL Rookie of the Year

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Aaron Judge has won American League Rookie of the Year honors, becoming the first New York Yankees player to receive the award since Derek Jeter in 1996.

Judge won the award unanimously in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, announced Monday on MLB Network. The 6-foot-7 slugger's victory was a foregone conclusion after he led the American League with 52 home runs and helped the Yankees reach the postseason as a wild card. Judge is also a finalist for the AL MVP award.

"It's a dream come true -- an amazing feeling," Judge said Monday on ESPN's SC6. "Just to be mentioned with the other two candidates as well is kind of an honor with the season they had. I'm just blessed to be in this position."

Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 and Fred Lynn in 1975 are the only players to win the AL MVP and Rookie of the Year awards in the same season

Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi finished second in rookie of the year voting, followed by Baltimore Orioles slugger Trey Mancini.

Judge's AL-leading home run total broke the rookie record of 49 set by Oakland's Mark McGwire in 1987. He ranked first in the AL in runs (128) and walks (127).

The Yankees entered this season with marginal expectations by their standards, but the prodigious power of Judge and catcher Gary Sanchez


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Carlos BeltranJim Mone/AP PhotoFormer Yankees player Carlos Beltran would be interested in interviewing for the team's managerial position.

NEW YORK -- New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman considers retired player Carlos Beltran a friend, a future Hall of Famer and a highly respected baseball person. Does he consider him a candidate to be the next Yankees manager? Possibly.

Beltran, 40, told ESPN Deportes' Marly Rivera that he would be interested in interviewing for the team's managerial job. Cashman praised Beltran's attributes as a professional and mentioned that the past two Yankees managers -- Joe Girardi and Joe Torre -- basically went from playing to the top job in the dugout. 

Torre was player/manager in 1977 with the Mets before retiring as a player to manage full time. Girardi finished playing in 2003, went into broadcasting for a few years, managed the Marlins for the 2006 season, was fired and went back to TV in 2007 before getting the Yankees job in 2008.

In Cashman's mind, Beltran's lack of experience in the dugout does not sound like an immediate disqualifier.

"I am aware of his interest in managing in the future," Cashman said. "I'll leave it at that for right now."


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Aaron JudgeAbbie Parr/Getty ImagesAfter a big rookie year, Aaron Judge is pulling in endorsement deals.

Aaron Judge is racking up the endorsement deals.

The New York Yankees outfielder, who is a virtual shoo-in to win the American League Rookie of the Year Award on Monday night, has signed a multiyear deal to be a national spokesperson for Pepsi. Terms were not disclosed.

"His style of play embodies fun and excitement, and that's what we're all about," said Justin Toman, senior director of sports marketing for PepsiCo. "From his amazing catches to his monstrous home runs, whether you are a Yankee fan or not, you have to watch him. How he handles himself makes him a great ambassador for our brand and company on and off the field."

Toman says their relationship with Judge will manifest itself in all forms of media with the focus being on Opening Day next year.

Judge and his larger-than-life, 6-foot-7 frame took the baseball world by storm as he hit a rookie record 52 home runs this past season. He also won the Home Run Derby. But during the year, Judge specifically told his agent Page Odle to collect all the endorsement possibilities for season's end.

He previously had deals with Under Armour and Rawlings, and the only in-season deal he did was after the All-Star break when he signed an exclusive autograph deal with Fanatics. Now the floodgates will open.

Last week, Judge was announced as the cover athlete for the video game "MLB The Show '18."


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Expert picks: Rookie of the Year

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We asked 27 of our experts to give us their predictions for who will win baseball's four major awards -- Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and MVP. We're starting with rookie of the year, which will be announced Monday. Not surprisingly, there wasn't any suspense in picking each league's top rookie.

American League

The finalists:

Andrew Benintendi, OF

Age: 23 | B-T: L/L

HT: 5-10 | WT: 180

2017 stats: .776 OPS/20 HRs/90 RBIs

2017 WAR: 2.6

Benintendi was the only rookie in baseball with 20 homers and 20 steals. The left-fielder finished near the top on the Red Sox in homers (fourth with 20), RBIs (second with 90), stolen bases (second with 20) and runs (third with 84).

Aaron Judge, OF

Age: 25 | B-T: R/R

HT: 6-7 | WT: 282

2017 stats: .1.049 OPS/52 HRs/114 RBIs

2017 WAR: 8.1

Judge had an historic rookie season, setting the record for homers first-year player with 52 (previous record was 49 by Mark McGwire in 1987). In addition to that, he started in the All-Star game, won the Homer Run Derby and finished the year second in the AL in WAR.


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Giancarlo StantonJeff Curry-USA TODAY SportsAhead of the GM meetings, we polled 40 MLB executives and scouts on nine burning questions that are sure to sizzle in the coming weeks.

As the Houston Astros decompress from their World Series celebration, the New York Yankees search for a manager, Derek Jeter charts the course of his new team and Scott Boras invents some entertaining new terms to describe his powerhouse free-agent class, it's time for the 30 Major League Baseball teams to get down to business.

The game's 30 general managers will gather in Orlando, Florida, on Monday -- in conjunction with the quarterly owners meetings this time around -- and plunge into conversations with agents and one another to lay the groundwork for industry activity over the coming weeks. This is where the dialogue, rumors, spin and speculation begin in earnest.

Ahead of the meetings, ESPN.com polled 40 general managers, assistant GMs, baseball operations people and scouts about nine hot stove questions that will be making news across the game. The survey was conducted primarily by email, and respondents were assured anonymity to best allow them to speak candidly. In cases where a half-point is given, the respondent split his vote between two clubs.


1. Will Giancarlo Stanton be traded this offseason? If so, where?

Responses: Yes, 32; no, 7; no opinion, 1


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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
CC Sabathia
WINS ERA SO IP
14 3.69 120 148
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Gregorius .287
HRA. Judge 52
RBIA. Judge 114
RA. Judge 128
OPSA. Judge 1.049
ERAL. Severino 2.98
SOL. Severino 230