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.
Of course, the former infielder is known best for his 11 inning home run in Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium (the old one) to send the Yankees to the World Series.
A popular clubhouse presence during his playing career, Boone has been a television analyst since his retirement in 2009, giving him considerable exposure to the ocean of advanced statistics that have become vitally important in overseeing a big league game.
The Yankees signed Boone to return as their third baseman in 2004, but when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament playing basketball that January, the team traded for Alex Rodriguez and cut Boone, costing him most of his $5.75 million salary.
The Yankees let former manager Joe Girardi, 53, go after their season ended in October when team GM Brian Cashman recommended to owner Hal Steinbrenner that the pinstriped ones find a new leader. "He certainly connected with me about what his thoughts are and the types of people he thinks we should play on".
Cashman said that while there was no flawless candidate, "We're looking for someone like we had before: someone that we can work with and collaborate with and connect with in good times and in bad".
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Cashman said he had grown concerned about Girardi's ability to connect with a young roster, and in Boone, he chose a candidate who has always been known as a skilled communicator. That's a good thing, because Aaron Boone doesn't have any.
Whatever their relationship with Girardi, those players helped the Yankees win the top AL wild card spot and make a deep playoff run, a rapid rise for a team that seemed to be in transition.
Boone has no previous managerial experience, but spent 12 years in the majors with six clubs, including more than six seasons with the Cincinnati Reds (1997-2003), one with the Washington Nationals (2008) and 54 games with the Yankees (2003).
Apparently, Boone was the guy who checked most of the boxes.
"He definitely recognizes how much it's changed over the last couple years, five years, 10 years, to where - especially with analytics these days, it's a different job", Aaron Boone said.
Both Boone and Meulens have Yankee backgrounds.