AP: Yanks to name broadcaster as new manager

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — A person familiar with the decision says the New York Yankees have picked ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone to succeed Joe Girardi as manager.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday night because the decision had not been announced by the team.

The decision was first reported by former New York Daily News columnist Bill Madden.

Now 44, Boone has never been a manager or even a coach at any level since retiring as a player after the 2009 season. His 11th-inning home run off Boston’s Tim Wakefield won Game 7 of the AL Championship Series for the Yankees against Boston.

Boone’s grandfather, Ray, was a two-time All-Star infielder from 1948-60. His father, Bob, was a four-time All-Star catcher from 1972-90, then managed Kansas City from 1995-97 and Cincinnati from 2001-03.

Aaron Boone was a big league third baseman from 1997-2009 and an All-Star in 2003, when New York acquired him from the Reds at the trade deadline.

Pirates promote Meccage

PITTSBURGH — Former Altoona Curve pitching coach Justin Meccage was hired as the Pittsburgh Pirates assistant pitching coach on Friday.

Meccage was the minor league pitching coordinator last year. Prior to 2017, he spent six seasons as a pitching coach at various levels of the minors for the Pirates, including his stint in Altoona.

Also, the Pirates have hired Junior Vizcaino as their director of international scouting. Vizcaino spent last season as global crosschecker for the Boston Red Sox. Vizcaino previously spent 17 years with the Kansas City Royals, including a decade as the team’s national supervisor.

Pittsburgh last month parted with Rene Gayo, its longtime director of Latin American scouting. Major League Baseball cited rules violations by Gayo. The Athletic reported Gayo accepted an improper payment.

Pittsburgh also hired Steve Williams as director of pro scouting. Williams has been with the Pirates since 2010 and spent last season as pro supervisor.

Comeback winners announced

NEW YORK — Colorado closer Greg Holland was voted NL Comeback Player of the Year and Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas was selected AL Comeback Player of the Year.

After missing the 2016 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Holland was 3-2 with a 3.61 ERA and 41 saves. The 32-year-old right-hander tied with Kenley Jansen of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second-most in the major leagues, six behind Tampa Bay’s Alex Colome.

Moustakas hit .272 with a career-high 38 homers and 85 RBIs in his return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The season-ending surgery happened when he collided with teammate Alex Gordon chasing a foul popup on May 22, 2016.

Holland and Moustakas became free agents after the World Series.

Major League Baseball announced the winners Friday. The awards are voted on by the 30 team beat writers from MLB.com.

Adams now a free agent

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves have non-tendered Matt Adams, making the hulking first baseman a free agent a few months after acquiring him from St. Louis.

Adams, a graduate of Philipsburg-Area High School, hit .271 with 19 homers in 100 games with Atlanta after being acquired from the Cardinals last season while all-star first baseman Freddie Freeman was injured.

Drug tests up 25 percent

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball boosted its drug test total 25 percent in the year ending with the World Series.

The sport’s new Independent Public Administrator said there were 10,237 tests of players on 40-man major league rosters, including 8,235 urine samples for performance-enhancing substances, stimulants and the drug DHEA and 2,002 blood samples for human growth hormone.

That was up from 8,281 tests over the previous year, which included 6,634 urine samples and 1,647 blood samples.