Aaron Boone, who was born into a long generation of basketball players, had the right platform to excel in the sport and he made the most of this opportunity. He is one of the few people who have gone from a successful amateur and professional career to coaching young and professional stars in football.
Aside from being a former professional baseball infielder, Aaron Boone has also worked as a broadcaster, hosting MLB Network, ESPN, Sunday Night Baseball, and Monday Night Baseball. He currently serves as manager of the New York Yankees.
The American baseball grandmaster was born on March 9, 1973, in La Mesa, California, USA, into a family that is well-rooted in baseball. With a father like Bob Boone (a four-time all-star, former catcher, and manager in the MLB) and a grandfather like Ray Boone, who was also a well-known major-league baseball player, the stage was set for Aaron, who followed the same path as his ancestors. His older brother Bret Boone also played as second baseman in the league, winning four Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards, and was also All-Star three times.
During his formative years at Villa Park High School in California, Aaron Boone hit .423 with 22 stolen bases for the school’s baseball team. After his outstanding performance in his senior year, he earned the title of Co-Player of the Year in the Century League.
Fresh out of high school, Boone was selected by the California Angels on day three of the 1991 MLB draft. Nevertheless, he decided to let the election pass and gave up the chance to make a professional deal. He transferred to the University of Southern California (USC) where he played college baseball for the USC Trojans. During the college baseball summer of 1993, his team (the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod Baseball League) won the championship.
Later in 1994, Boone was ready to go pro and was subsequently selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the third round of the 1994 MLB draft. However, it was not until 1997 that he made his MLB debut. His career highlight of 26 home runs came in 2002 when he played all 162 games. Not only was Aaron Boone named the Reds’ most valuable player in 2012, but he also appeared in the MLB All-Star Game in 2003 and joined the New York Yankees the same year, beating the Reds 0.254 with a 0.720 OPS, six home runs and 31 RBIs.
In 2004, he signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Indians, which earned him $600,000 for the 2004 season and $3 million for the 2005 season.
In addition, during his active years as a baseball player, Aaron Boone also played for the Florida Marlins, the Washington Nationals, and the Houston Astros. He retired in 2009 after open-heart surgery. Retired, but not tired, Aaron Boone went into radio where he worked for top sports channels such as ESPN. He later got a job coaching the Yankees and replaced Joe Girardi as their new manager on December 4, 2017.
Aaron Boone’s Family – Wife (Laura Cover) & Kids
The Boones are one of the most respected families in the history of American Major League Baseball. Aaron’s grandfather Ray was a successful baseball player, his father Bob is a former catcher and baseball manager, while his brother Brett is a famous all-star and four-time Gold Gloves winner.
Just as in his career, Aaron Boone has been successful in his love life. He is married to the former Playboy Playmate (Miss October 1998) Laura Cover. They formed the Covenant for Life in 2002 and have four children – two biological Brandon and Bella and two adopted Jeanel and Sergot.
Laura Cover was born on May 6, 1977, in Bucyrus, Ohio. She became a playboy model without any experience in this field.
Other Facts about Aaron Boone
He comes from a family of successful baseball players.
In 1998, Aaron was part of the Reds’ only MLB infield team, which consisted of two groups of brothers. He played alongside his brother Bret and his brothers – first baseman Stephen Larkin and shortstop Barry Larkin. Aaron was the third baseman, while his brother played the second baseman.
One of his most popular successes in his professional career is the home run that saw the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox in the 2003 ALCS.
Toward the end of his career, Boone went under the knife for open-heart surgery to replace a bicuspid aortic valve that he has had since childhood.
In late 2017, he became a manager for the Yankees.
In his baseball career as a player and now as a manager, Boone has accumulated an admirable net worth of $10 million.