Hensley Meulens and Aaron Boone are favorites to be next Yankees manager

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The person was not authorized to discuss the move because the Yankees have not announced it.

Speaking earlier Friday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he had consulted with Rodriguez about the candidates, but said the former Yankee was not one of them.

Interviews are over and the Yankees will pick between the six candidates who have already interviewed for the job - Aaron Boone, Hensley Meulens, Carlos Beltran, Eric Wedge, Rob Thompson and Chris Woodward. Boone will be replacing the recently fired Joe Girardi.

A corner infielder who batted.263 during his 12-year Major League career, Boone played part of the 2003 season with the Yankees.

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Owner Hal Steinbrenner said last month a lack of managing and coaching experience was a concern but not an insurmountable hurdle. "He certainly connected with me about what his thoughts are and the types of people he thinks we should play on".

The pennant winners from the past two seasons - the Houston Astros, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians - are among the teams that lean heavily on this dynamic.

Boone said on November 17 that he believes his brief time with the Yankees will help him prepare for the challenges of managing in the NY spotlight.

"I would say in a way I've been preparing for this job for the last 44 years", he said then.

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"I've been going to the ballpark since I was 3 and 4 years old, and in a way, managing the game from a very young age", Boone said.

Boone is part of a three-generation baseball family. His father Bob was a major league player until Aaron was a senior in high school and managed the Reds from 1995-97 and the Royals from 2001-03. His 11th-inning home run off Boston's Tim Wakefield won Game 7 of the AL Championship Series for the Yankees against Boston.

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.

Now 44, Boone has never been a manager or even a coach at any level since retiring as a player after the 2009 season. Cashman later said he was concerned over "ability to fully engage, communicate, connect with the playing personnel".

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In his conference call with the news media following his interview, Boone outlined his conversation with the Yankees, which he said centered around his stance and background in analytics and his communication style with players.

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