Aaron Boone's Top Five Priorities As Yankees Manager

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Yankees new manager Aaron Boone smiling as he speaks to reporters during his news conference Wednesday.(Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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NEW YORK – After the instant swell of emotion and euphoria at being selected Yankees manager, Aaron Boone said his mind quickly moved toward, “all right, let’s go, let’s get started.’’

Here are Boone’s biggest priorities as he steps into the position:

Applying analytics

How much information is too much for one player? How does the data move from the front office, through Boone, to the clubhouse? And how much of Boone’s own instincts will factor into decision-making?

Learning on the job

Boone has never asked a reliever to warm up, planning an inning ahead for a match-up. He’s never removed a starter early, never made a double-switch in an interleague game, etc. – rote exercises for the experienced manager.

Earning the players’ respect

Boone put an emphasis on establishing relationships with his players, allowing an open and honest dialogue. In getting across how much he cares, “they’ll know we’re going to always do what’s best for the Yankees.’’

Understanding Gary Sanchez

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Aug 14, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates defeating the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium. (Photo: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

Already, Boone said he’s made his connection with the catcher a priority. “My expectation is that he’s going to be one of the great impact players on both sides of the ball,’’ Boone said of the slugger who’s had issues with passed balls.

Dealing with the media

Having played some in New York, and having been a broadcaster over the past eight years, should help Boone’s transition. And his inherent honesty should serve him as well. “I certainly understand what comes with the job.''

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