Born: March 9, 1973
Relatives: Brother of Bret Boone; Grandson of Ray Boone; Son of Bob Boone
Maybe Aaron should then introduce his father Bob as his bench coach. Why not? Bob is qualified. Bob Boone is 70 years old and was a major league catcher for 19 years, 1972-1990. Bob also managed, starting at age 47, three years older than his son Aaron is now:
|1||1995||47||Kansas City Royals||AL||70||74||.486||0||144||2||0||0|
|2||1996||48||Kansas City Royals||AL||75||86||.466||0||161||5||0||0|
|3||1997||49||Kansas City Royals||AL||1st of 2||36||46||.439||0||82||5||0||0|
|6||2003||55||Cincinnati Reds||NL||1st of 3||46||58||.442||0||104||5||0||0|
|Kansas City Royals||3 years||181||206||.468||0||387||4.0||0||0|
|Cincinnati Reds||3 years||190||238||.444||0||428||4.3||0||0|
Yesterday the Phillies hired Rob Thomson as their bench coach. He is unusual in that he never played in the majors. They had already hired 42 year old Gabe Kapler as their manager.
The current model seems to be to hire a young happy face to be the manager but to stick with the old traditional type as the bench coach. Odd. And even more odd is that even the young happy face is almost always a former major league player. Many NFL head coaches have long been non NFL players and NBA head coaches are often non NBA players. But that is still rare in the major baseball league. Baseball still hasn't changed all that much.
Baseball teams could cut to the chase and simply hire actors to perform as the team managers. Aaron Boone has been acting for ESPN since he retired as a player. Some of what Boone has done is imitations. But he's known mostly since 2016 as one of two analysts during the ESPN Sunday night baseball games. The other analyst was 37 year old Jessica Mendoza. She played softball at Stanford University. The fact that she never played baseball in the major league may have been more of a disqualifier for the job of team manager than the fact that she is a woman. The Times They Are A-Changin'.