The New York Yankees reported on Wednesday that Director Aaron Boone took a medical leave after undergoing an operation Wednesday to have a pacemaker fitted at a Tampa hospital near the AL spring training headquarters.
The team reported that the Bonn procedure “went well”, that he would spend the night at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, to rest and recover, and that the pilot “was in good spirits.”
Boone, who turns 48 next week, is preparing for his fourth season as coach of the Yankees. He played for 12 years in the major tournaments, mostly with the Cincinnati Reds and one season with New York.
General Manager Brian Cashman has indicated that Boone may be back with the squad in two to three days.
“My faith is strong and my spirits are high. I am in great spirits because I know I am in good hands with the doctors and medical personnel here at St. Joseph Hospital,” Boone said in a statement on Wednesday, hours before undergoing surgery. “Doctors are confident that today’s surgery will allow me to resume all my usual professional and personal activities and provide positive long-term health outlook without needing to change anything in my lifestyle,” Boone said.
Bench coach Carlos Mendoza took over the caretaker role in Wednesday’s preliminary match, in which New Turk beat Toronto 4-1.
Mendoza, 41, was a minor league player with San Francisco and New York from 1997-99, and began his thirteenth season as an employee of the Yankees. He joined the Major League Baseball team as a quality control coach under Boone in 2018 and replaced Josh Bard as coach on the bench in 2020.
The pilot in New York recorded a video of his players.
Mendoza said, “(Aaron) just wanted them to continue their work, to keep doing things the right way (…) and that made us feel a lot better.”
Boone is part of a large baseball family. His brother Brett, his father Bob and his grandfather Ray also played in the major tournaments.
He was a commentator at ESPN when he took over as managing the Yankees before the start of the 2018 season. In all three seasons, the Yankees played a staggering 0.615% (236-148) with two 100 wins, and three seasons. Post-season manifestations.
“The thoughts of the whole organization are with Aaron and his family as he undergoes this procedure and takes the time needed to heal properly,” said Hal Steinbrenner, Yankees chairman.
“Aaron leads our players, coaches and staff with a rare combination of work ethic, intelligence and genuine concern for others. Our only priority now is Aaron’s health and well-being, and we will support him in every way. As he recovers,” added the owner.
Boone said he was confident that the group of coaches led by Venezuelan Carlos Mendoza (the bench coach) would continue directing the club’s preparations at the same level and without any interruption. I also send advice to people suffering from heart disease.
“I also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone dealing with heart problems to stay vigilant and contact their doctor if any symptoms of discomfort or problem arise. Any problem affecting the heart is potentially dangerous. Your health is always the first and most important thing that you can do for yourself and your family. Boone said.