Aaron Boone Explained

Aaron Boone
Width:183
Position:Third baseman / First baseman
Team:Houston Astros
Number:8
Bats:Right
Throws:Right
Born:9 March 1973
Debutdate:June 20
Debutyear:1997
Debutteam:Cincinnati Reds
Statyear:2008 season
Stat1label:Batting average
Stat1value:.264
Stat2label:Home runs
Stat2value:126
Stat3label:Runs batted in
Stat3value:555
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Aaron John Boone (born March 9, 1973 in La Mesa, California) is a Major League Baseball infielder for the Houston Astros. He has previously played for the Florida Marlins, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, and Washington Nationals. Although he's had a long career in the major leagues, he is best known for his series-winning home run in Game Seven of the 2003 ALCS.

College career

Aaron Boone played baseball for the University of Southern California.

Professional career

On the last day of the season, the Reds helped him make baseball trivia history by starting the only infield ever composed of two sets of brothers: first baseman Stephen Larkin, second baseman Bret Boone, shortstop Barry Larkin, and third baseman Aaron Boone.

On September 22, 2002, he hit the last home run in Riverfront/Cinergy field in the eighth inning. It was a solo home run off Brandon Duckworth.

During a certain period of Boone's career, he was welcomed to the plate by his own fans with a loud "Boone." This was a play on his last name and was a positive cheer rather than a heckle.

Boone's claim to fame is his 11th inning home run off Tim Wakefield during Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS which gave the New York Yankees a 6 - 5 victory over the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees won the game and the series on the home run, thus prolonging the Sox' Curse of the Bambino for one more year. This home run was rated the ninth best home run of all time on Baseball Tonight.

On February 27,, Boone was cut from the Yankee roster after tearing a knee ligament during a pick-up basketball game played in violation of his contract with the Yankees. He was replaced at third base by former Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez. Since the Yankees would most likely not have tried to obtain Rodriguez if Boone had not been injured, it has been jokingly dubbed by some as the most important basketball injury in the history of baseball. During the 2004 season, the Yankees expressed an interest in re-signing Boone to play second base in, replacing Enrique Wilson and Miguel Cairo, but Boone instead signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Indians.

On December 29,, Boone signed a one-year contract with the Florida Marlins.[1]

On December 6,, Boone signed a one-year, one million contract with the Washington Nationals.[2]

On December 18,, Boone signed a one-year deal with the Houston Astros.[3]

Personal life

He is the son of catcher and manager Bob Boone, the brother of all-star and the winner of four gold gloves, Bret Boone, and the grandson of former major leaguer Ray Boone. He is married to Playboy Playmate Laura Cover and together they have a son.

His favorite movie is I am Legend and his favorite bands are Saliva and Trapt.

Career Stats

Batting Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS 1997 CIN 16 49 5 12 1 0 0 5 2 5 1 0 .245 .275 .265 .540 1998 CIN 58 181 24 51 13 2 2 28 15 36 6 1 .282 .350 .409 .759 1999 CIN 139 472 56 132 26 5 14 72 30 79 17 6 .280 .330 .445 .775 2000 CIN 84 291 44 83 18 0 12 43 24 52 6 1 .285 .356 .471 .826 2001 CIN 103 381 54 112 26 2 14 62 29 71 6 3 .294 .351 .483 .834 2002 CIN 162 606 83 146 38 2 26 87 56 111 32 8 .241 .314 .439 .753 2003 CIN 106 403 61 110 19 3 18 65 35 74 15 3 .273 .339 .469 .808 2003 NYY 54 189 31 48 13 0 6 31 11 30 8 0 .254 .302 .418 .720 2005 CLE 143 511 61 124 19 1 16 60 35 92 9 3 .243 .299 .378 .677 2006 CLE 104 354 50 89 19 1 7 46 27 62 5 4 .251 .314 .370 .684 2007 FLA 69 189 27 54 11 0 5 28 21 41 2 0 .286 .388 .423 .811 2008 WAS 104 232 23 56 13 1 6 28 18 52 0 1 .241 .299 .384 .683 Career 1142 3858 519 1017 216 17 126 555 303 705 107 30 .264 .327 .426 .754

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Notes and References

  1. Web site: Marlins sign infielder Aaron Boone. 2008-09-07. MLB.com.
  2. Web site: Nats add Boone, avoid arbitration with Pena, Langerhans. 2008-09-07. ESPN.com.
  3. http://houston.astros.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20081218&content_id=3721952&vkey=pr_hou&fext=.jsp&c_id=hou Astros sign Boone to one-year deal