Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says the team’s interviews manager have been completed and Joe Girardi’s successor will come from among the six candidates.
New York interviewed Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, former Cleveland and Seattle manager Eric Wedge, San Francisco bench coach Hensley Meulens, ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone, Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward and former Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran, who retired as a player after winning his first World Series title this year with Houston.
Only Wedge has previous big league managerial experience.
Cashman’s decision was first reported Friday by the New York Post, and Cashman confirmed it to The Associated Press.
According to Bill Madden of nydailynews.com, Meulens and Boone are the front-runners and although Beltrán made a very good impression his so recent retirement will keep him from the job.
Here is what Madden said:
Based on sourced information from how all the interviews went down, it appears Boone, Meulens and Beltran all made the strongest impressions on Cashman and his team of close advisers that included VP of Baseball Operations Tim Naehring, assistant GM Mike Fishman and Senior VP Jean Afterman who were part of the process. You probably have to eliminate Beltran if only because it is highly unlikely Cashman would turn the managerial reins over to someone fresh out of the player ranks — which brings it down to either Boone or Meulens, either of whom would be a popular choice if for no other reason than their engaging personalities.
Beltran has become a very popular candidate among Yankees fans and they seemed to have warmed up to the idea of the recently retired player after he talked about his interview and what he would do if he was the manager.
The announcement should come soon of the Yankees new manager.
By AP and Al Bat