Aaron Boone is in his third season as manager of the New York Yankees. He is the only Major League Manager ever to win 100 or more games in each of his first two seasons.
Aaron Boone was taken in the third round by the Cincinnati Reds in 1994, in Baseball’s Amateur Draft. Boone played 13 seasons in the Major Leagues and had a lifetime batting average of .263. Aaron Boone hit 26 home runs for the Reds in 2002 and was a National League All-Star with them in 2003. Boone finished the 2003 season with the Yankees and hit one of the most memorable home runs in MLB history – a walk-off game-winner in the 11th inning of Game 7 of the LCS against the Boston Red Sox. The HR won the American League Pennant for the Yankees.
Aaron Boone and his brother, Brett, both were the third generations in the Boone family to play Major League Baseball. There was also grandfather Ray and father Bob, who also was a Major League Manager. I got to know Aaron Boone very well when he played for the Indianapolis Indians in 1997 and 1998. I found him to be intelligent and quite personable with excellent communication skills. As a young player in the Minor Leagues, he was very passionate and respectful of how the game of baseball should be played. It is not surprising that he was a fine broadcaster with ESPN and that he now is having a great deal of success in managing at the Major League level. Aaron Boone relates very well to the modern-day ballplayer. His New York Yankees have a great deal of talent, although, like last season, they have been hard hit with injuries. The Yankees have been playing very well again this season as they try to reach the World Series for the first time since 2009. Whenever a team is successful, there is a great deal of credit to go around, and Aaron Boone deserves his share of it!
In his personal life, we find that he’s just as passionate and responsible as he is at work. Boone was asked recently about sporting a Black Lives Matter shirt and what the movement means to him. He became very emotional as he explained his family’s story. You might be surprised to find that he and his wife, Laura, adopted two children from Haiti. She worked tirelessly in 2012 on a mission trip after the country was ravaged by the catastrophic 2010 earthquake. While there, she met a young Haitian boy named Jeanel and later met his brother, Sergot, when she returned a year later. Once Boone joined Laura and met the boys, he understood how Laura came to care for the boys so much. Boone explained:
“Haiti’s complicated. Certain things are hard for us to fathom. When Laura first went down there, (Jeanel and Sergot) were not in the best of situations. Not great is an understatement. It hits you hard.”
The couple received the boys’ biological parents blessing to adopt them in 2012 and, in 2014, they came to live with the Boone family. It’s no surprise, then, that the Black Lives Matter movement would be so important to him. His compassion and love for his family are plain to see. Aaron Boone brings empathy and understanding with him to the field which is why so many can attest to how much of a joy it is to work with him. We here at AccelaWork know how important it is to feel supported and heard. Making sure that employees know that you’re on their team is crucial to retaining your workers. Being a leader means learning how to balance ways to boost productivity and your workers’ needs.