Born into a long generation of basemen, Aaron Boone had the right platform to excel in the sport and he made the most of that opportunity. He is among the few who went from making waves in a successful amateur and professional career to coaching budding and professional stars in the game.
Aside from being a former professional baseball infielder, Aaron Boone has also worked as a broadcaster, anchoring for MLB Network, ESPN, Sunday Night Baseball and Monday Night Baseball. He is currently serving as the manager of the New York Yankees.
The American baseball great was born on March 9, 1973, in La Mesa, California, United States into a family that is well grounded in baseball. With a father like Bob Boone (a four-time-All-Star, former catcher, and manager in MLB) and a grandfather like Ray Boone who was also a renowned Major League Baseball player, the stage was all set for Aaron who trod the same path as his antecedents. His older brother Bret Boone also played in the league as a second baseman, winning four Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards and was also a three-time-All-Star.
During his formative years at Villa Park High School in California, Aaron Boone batted .423 with 22 stolen bases for the baseball team in the school. Following his outstanding exploits in his senior year, he earned the title of the Century League’s co-player of the year.
Fresh out of high school, Boone was selected by the California Angels during the third day of the 1991 MLB draft. Nevertheless, he decided to let it pass and opted out of the chance to strike a professional deal. He moved on to the University of Southern California (USC) where he played college baseball for the USC Trojans. During the 1993 collegiate summer baseball, his team (the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod Baseball League) scooped 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 wasn’t until 1997 that he made his MLB debut. His career-high hit of 26 home runs came in 2002 when he played in all 162 games. In addition to being named The Reds most valuable player in 2012, Aaron Boone appeared in the 2003 MLB All-Star Game and joined The New York Yankees the same year, hitting .254 with a .720 OPS, six home runs, and 31 RBIs.
In 2004, he penned a two-year contract with the Cleveland Indians with earnings of $600,000 for the 2004 season as well as, $3 million for the 2005 season.
In addition to the aforementioned, Aaron Boone also played with Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals, and Houston Astros during his active years as a baseball player. He retired in 2009 after an open-heart surgery. Retired but not tired, Aaron Boone went into broadcasting, working with top sports channels like ESPN and later landed a job to coach The Yankees, replacing 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 renowned All-Star and four-time winner of Gold Gloves.
Just like his career, Aaron Boone has also been successful in his love life. He is married to former Playboy Playmate (Miss October 1998) Laura Cover. They tied the knot in 2002 and have four children – two biological Brandon and Bella, and two adopted Jeanel and Sergot.
Laura Cover was born in Bucyrus, Ohio on 6th May 1977. She became a Playboy model without any experience in the field.
Other Facts about Aaron Boone
He comes from a family of successful baseball players.
In 1998, Aaron was a part of the Reds only MLB infield composed of two sets of brothers. He played alongside his brother Bret and brothers – first baseman Stephen Larkin and shortstop Barry Larkin. Aaron was the third baseman while his brother played the second baseman.
One of his popular professional career exploits is hitting the home run which secured a win for the New York Yankees against Boston Red Sox at the 2003 ALCS.
Towards the end of his career, Boone went under the knife for an open-heart surgery which was carried out to replace a bicuspid aortic valve which he has had since he was a child.
He became a manager for The Yankees towards the end of 2017.
In his baseball career as a player and now a manager, Boone has accrued an admirable net worth of $10 million.