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2018 Pinstripe Preview: Neil Walker

After going through much of the offseason unsigned, the Yankees swooped in and signed versatile infielder Neil Walker to a one-year deal worth $4-million. Despite signing the 32-year-old veteran to a big league deal, Walker is expected to begin the season coming off the bench, and he should see time at second, third, and first base with the Bronx Bombers. Now with his fourth big league club, Walker will make to look an impact on an otherwise youthful Yankee team.

Breaking down the Yankees' managerial candidates: Aaron Boone

On Friday, the 2003 ALCS hero Aaron Boone interviewed for to be the next Yankees manager. Boone, who unlike the other candidates, has no coaching experience. Boone grew up in a baseball family. His grandfather, Ray, and his father, Bob, both played in the majors. His dad also managed the Royals and the Reds; Aaron's brother, Bret, played for 14 years. After retiring from playing in 2010, Boone took a analyst job with ESPN. Boone definitely fits the mold of a younger, intelligent baseball mind familiar with the analytical side of the game. His familiarity with the media and charismatic attitude is definitely something that has the Yankees interested in him.
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Per Brennan Kuty, when asked what the toughest part of transitioning from the booth to the dugout Boone said, “I think just initially getting the mechanics of the job. The in-game things that come up in my own head and my heart — I’m very quick to handle I think handling it in game time and game speed and how and when to get pitchers up and managing that bullpen and getting the mechanics down of managing, that’s in my head probably the biggest challenge initially.”

Also per Kuty when asked how he'd overcome no managerial experience:

“Obviously,” Boone said, “experience is very valuable and should be a check mark for somebody. But I would also say that I’ve been preparing for this job my entire life. I’m 44 years old now. I’ve been going to the ballpark since I was 3 and 4 years old.”

From what I've seen and heard it sounds like Boone and Hensley Meulens both had very good interviews. Chris Woodward is the next candidate up, and no one else has been lined up. So despite the Yankees saying they aren't in a rush, a decision could come within in the next week.

Article by: Matt Donovan